What are your feelings on the Supreme Court's change to the Voting RIghts Act of 1965?
What are your feelings on the Supreme Court's change to the Voting RIghts Act of 1965? Do you understand the change? I get the impression a lot of people either 1) aren't interested, or 2) don't understand what happened.
I thought it was timely that the Supreme Court recognized that race relations have improved over 50 years. In addition, the way that particular part of the Voting Rights Act was written, it would be impossible for the involved states to become independent of federal oversight and that is definitely unconstitutional.
All that happened is that each state now plays by the same rules. States are not required to preapprove changes in procedure via the Federal Gov't as they were prior, while other states/or counties were not required to be held to the same standard. States/counties were presumed to be guilty in advance. Meanwhile there are voting irregularities in many states not subject to this scrutiny to begin with. If it made sense to maintain these rules then we would have to apply them to counties and districts where candidates like the President received 100% of the vote in 59 voting districts, which is statistically impossible with a large enough sample when you consider the probability of human error. The notion that their is voter discrimination or tampering only in places where minorities would be adversely affected is ridiculous. The voting process has many problems I'd like to see corrected. As long as the rules are the same for each state. But it's hard for me to accept the notion that we need tougher rules in Mississippi and not in Pennsylvania, when the Black Panthers can have people standing outside a polling facility in Philadelphia with billie clubs in their hands and the DOJ refused to bring charges of voter intimidation.
Another blunder on their part. They live under the false impression that all states are above board in their election processes. The day this ruling was put forth, all the states that are GOP controlled immediately started introducing bills that would restrict voting laws for minorities. This is certainly another travesty of justice by the SCOTUS on the same level as their ruling to make corporations same status of individuals (except that corporations are allowed to skirt paying taxes due to their own legislature allowing them loopholes, kickbacks, and exclusions, and individuals are not - also individuals who do not pay their taxes go to jail, corporations cannot be punished)
The congress has the duty to now reinstate the law of 1965, or write a new one that will stop Republican run states from passing laws that restrict voting rights for certain people. Of course we know they will not do that, and their debating over it will take around 20 years to reach any kind of solution, and another 20 to debate those solutions.
The only logical (and fair) solution is to make all states be required to have congressional approval when they try to pass laws restricting any minority from voting. The idea of allowing ANY state the right to pass laws that discriminate for any reason is ludicrous in itself. We cannot call ourselves the "United States of America" when we have division amongst the states that do what ever they want to whomever they want whenever they want.
Congress is broken by corruption and so is the Supreme court.
I have to support the position taken by the court, reluctantly. Whatever mechanisms used by states to disenfranchise voters in 1965 has gone by the wayside. The problem are the new techniques much as have been used by the GOP over the last election cycle to bring legislative legitimacy to disenfranchisement. The enemy of suffrage for everyone has changed style and technique but not their intent. That reality was not demonstrated by defendents in the recent court decision to keep VRA intact.
Also, we could bring in the tricks used in Wisconsin and Ohio last year., This problem is bigger than just a handful of southern states and it is difficult to continue to pick on them exclusively. We need a new standard for identifying illegal attempts at disenfranchisement in states and counties, one the GOP will never agree to. That is unfortunate.
It was a great connotation concerning the haphazard content of the act.
Maybe they should have indicated that the law required a complete repeal and replacement with the use of a thumbprint on every ballot to ensure complete accuracy and truthfulness. That should eliminate any corruption for the voting dead. As a requirement for verification, all driver licenses and identity cards should carry the thumbprint as well. Then it would be very difficult for someone to steal another persons identity. The question is, shall we live in a corruption free society or not.
At first, I was bothered by it. After thinking a little, it may be good. This will give people a chance, particularly elected officials who draw voting district lines or enact other laws.
If they have not yet come around to reality that in this country, all people are to be treated equally, then the court can reverse their ruling and put those offending states under the jurisdiction of the Justice Department for another 40 years.
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