Supreme Court weighs new look at voting rights law

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  1. Wry Catcher
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    Yeah, sure they are. They may look at voting but rights isn't likely to be part of their agenda. We are either a nation which, "...hold these truths self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among theses are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" or we are not. Voting for the government most likely to support a persons safety and liberty is a right, but does Chief Justice Roberts?

    Congress compiled a 15,000-page record and documented hundreds of instances of apparent voting discrimination in the states covered by the law dating to 1982, the last time it had been extended.

    Among the incidents in the congressional record:

    —In 1998, Webster County, Ga., tried to reduce the black population in several school board districts after citizens elected a majority-black school board for the first time.

    —In 2001, Kilmichael, Miss., canceled an election when a large number of African-American candidates sought local office following 2000 census results that showed blacks had become the majority in the city.

    —In 2004, Waller County, Texas, sought to limit early voting near a historically black college and threatened to prosecute students for illegal voting after two black students said they would run for office.

    But in 2009, Roberts indicated the court was troubled about the ongoing need for a law in the face of dramatically improved conditions, including increased minority voter registration and turnout rates. Roberts attributed part of the change to the law itself. "Past success alone, however, is not adequate justification to retain the preclearance requirements," he said.


    See full report here:

    Supreme Court weighs new look at voting rights law - Yahoo! News

    It begins:

    "Three years ago, the Supreme Court warned there could be constitutional problems with a landmark civil rights law that has opened voting booths to millions of African-Americans. Now, opponents of a key part of the Voting Rights Act are asking the high court to finish off that provision.

    "The basic question is whether state and local governments that once boasted of their racial discrimination still can be forced in the 21st century to get federal permission before making changes in the way they hold elections.

    "Some of the governments covered — most of them are in the South — argue they have turned away from racial discrimination over the years. But Congress and lower courts that have looked at recent challenges to the law concluded that a history of discrimination and more recent efforts to harm minority voters justify continuing federal oversight."

    It obvious the racists who post on this message board are also anti democratic and many seek an autocratic if not theocratic form of government. Let's hope they remain a minority on the fringe of political thought in our nation and let us further hope that the monied interests who are flooding this campaign do not prevail.
     
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    There is absolutely no reason in the 21st century for states to get federal permission before making changes in elections. That provision served its purpose and is now antiquated. All this has done is result in gerrymandered districts that have become uncompetitive. If we are all supposed to be equal, then there is no reason why blacks can't be adequately represented by whites or vice versa.
     
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    Aw come on, you're not that bad. That you suck up to any central planner promising more 'feel good' legislation only makes you confused and misguided, not necessarily anti democratic. That you insist on keeping minorities on the dole, ignorant, and under your thumb...that does make you a racist.

    So, you're only half fucked up.

    Good luck with all that...
     
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    Part of the problem is that republicans have found subtle, yet effective, ways to discourage minority voting without raising the red flag of ‘discrimination.’ Chief among such tactics are voter ‘ID’ laws, reducing or eliminating early voting, and enacting measures designed to hamstring voter registration efforts, as found in Florida, for example:

    Judge to lift restrictions on Florida voter registration | Reuters
     
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    In the land of the fucked up the half fucked up is king. That I believe your kind is fucked up and anti American does not equate to my sucking up to central planners. I don't insist on anything you suggest I do, which makes you a fucked up liar.

    Have a nice evening. GO SF GIANTS!
     
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    You're either dumb or a pratisan liar (IMO you're both).

    Have a nice evening, GO SF GIANTS!
     
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    It's just what you do. You look to government to solve all your problems, real or perceived, while those that advocate personal responsibility and voluntary, free markets, why we're just racists!

    Again, it's what you do.
     
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    The states are sovereign countries and can make any voting law they wish as long as it doesn't violate the 15th amendment.
     
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    You left out the most obvious one and that is laws that ban felons from voting. Many states have that and it really hurts blacks since our drug laws are so anti-black. Crack possession is usually tried as a felony while the extremely violent drug crime of drunk driving seldom is since whites do it.
     
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