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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Time for everyone to step away from their respective ledges.

A few days have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on one of the most effective pieces of civil rights legislation ever passed, the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Some of the kneejerk liberal oratory, the gnashing of teeth, is completely out of step with reality. The court’s decision does not signal a slippage to Jim Crow antics like poll taxes and hatred so violent that merely registering a black person to vote could lead to murder.

Likewise, conservatives would do well to cease gloating about the landmark ruling that nullified an important part of the Act. After all, it’s not like the court found that the nine states and portions of six others receiving extra scrutiny have become bastions of free and equal treatment for all voters.

In fact, records compiled for Congress the last time it renewed the Voting Rights Act in 2006 reflect many examples of disparate impacts for voters in recent years.

Clearly, a black man in the White House does not mean the nation has eradicated discriminatory problems in voting, intentional or not.

The problem now is Congress.

Congress needs to rewrite the guidelines nullified by the ruling to consider new situations across the United States. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts tried to nudge toward that goal in the ruling.

Dramatic demographic shifts necessitate it. New populations of voters not fully considered in 1965 such as Hispanics, Asians and increasing numbers of less mobile elderly are bringing new challenges to ensuring access to the polls.

The Court’s 5-4 ruling in Shelby v. Holder made irrelevant a portion of the law initially intended to halt the horrific abuses of the civil rights era.

Alabama’s Shelby County challenged a section of the Voting Rights Act that mandated so-called pre-clearance standards. Most of the states and some of jurisdictions covered are in the South. Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, they must first receive the federal government’s permission before redrawing legislative maps, shifting polling places or enacting new rules on voter identification.

These jurisdictions must prove to the Justice Department or a panel of federal judges that planned changes will not have a discriminatory effect.

  • Lynda Groom

    That is of course one of the reasons for Robert’s decision. He’s been after the VRA since he worked for the Reagan administration. What a guy.

  • Dominick Vila

    Judging by the Congressional decision to raise student loan interest rates it seems as the agenda to destroy the American middle class continues with no end in sight. The Supreme Court decision on voting rights limits the ability of millions of Americans, especially the poor and the elderly, from voting. The centuries old strategy to keep the populace ignorant guarantees the perpetuation of policies designed to help a few at the expense of many.

    • RobertCHastings

      Simple and concise. Excellent analysis.

    • Fern Woodfork

      You A Right As Always My Friend Looks Like We The Smart People Of American Will Have To March On Washington Like My Parents Did Years Ago To Let These Thugs In Washington Know Just What The Majority Of The American People Want!! People Need To Know The Time Is Now To Get Whatever You Need In Order To Vote NOW!!!

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        • Susan Powell

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  • Catskinner

    Of course, if we’re ever going to have honest and open elections in America, states across the country are going to have to implement Voter ID. The problem in the last election, every time a state tried to put Voter ID in place, Eric Holder sued them. All of these measures will probably go through eventually, but Holder managed to keep them from taking effect until after the 2012 election.

    • CrankyToo

      And do you have any idea why the DOJ fought to keep extreme voter ID legislation from being enacted by Repugnican legislatures around the country?
      Do you think it was because those laws were designed to disenfranchise voters, or do you think AG Holder was just abusing his power?

      • Catskinner

        Holder was abusing his power in order to get Barack Obama re-elected.

        • Sand_Cat

          The predictable answer from you, as always. We all know that Obama lost by at least a million votes (probably 10, or even 100) but stole the election with the help of ACORN, the UN, and aliens from another galaxy. Get over it.

        • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

          ‘Skinner, in Pennsylvania when the state legislature passed their voter photo ID measure, one of the Republican Leaders was quoted as this being the means to guarantee that Pennsylvania would go for Romney. If that is not disenfranchisement, I don’t know what is.

          • Catskinner

            What that official was referring to was that with Voter ID in place inner-city dwellers with questionable voting precinct administrations would not be able to vote multiple times. The media tried to spin his comments in another direction, but if one looks carefully at what the gentleman said, one can see what he was getting at.

            In an open and fair election, Pennsylvania would have gone for Romney.

        • CrankyToo

          Somehow, I knew that would be the response you would choose. Why? Because you’re a complete f##king tool.

          Holder only wields that power which is accorded to him by the law. Another way of saying that is , “Holder derives his power from the laws of the land.” Still another way to say it is, “Republican efforts to restrict voting were turned back by the law, because they were deemed to be unlawful.”

          Am I getting through to you, Catshit?

          Everyone who reads this rag knows you’re a dumbass. And I suspect that deep down inside, you know it too.

          • Catskinner

            Okay, Crank, lets assume Holder was simply following the law–there’s a first time for everything–but Voter ID has already been declared to be constitutional by the Supreme Court, so all he really did was to keep fraudulent voting alive just long enough to get Obama re-elected. The odds are pretty good a whole lot more states will have V-ID laws in place next time and we can get back to open and honest elections.

          • CrankyToo

            Since the 2000 election, a plethora of voter ID laws have been introduced and/or enacted by Republican state legislatures with every intention of suppressing the votes of those people who tend to vote Democrat. For example, Texas recently enacted a new Voter ID law which permits voters to use concealed-handgun licenses as proof of identity, but not state university ID cards.

            The assertion that these laws are designed to combat voter fraud is more than just disingenuous – it’s a bald-faced, shameless lie. Confirmed cases of voter fraud are more rare than UFO sightings (and interestingly, the preponderance of voter fraud crimes have been perpetrated by Repugnican minions).

            So your suggestion that we need V-ID laws so we “can get back to open and honest elections” is patently absurd. Our elections are already “open and honest”; they just don’t produce the results that bigots like you favor. And I’ve got a hot flash for you, it’s only going to get worse for you Repugnicans because the electorate is, in the main, on to your bullshit. The good people of this country are going to continue to bash you Greedy Old Pricks over your thick heads until you finally get the message that this country doesn’t belong exclusively to white males.

            I could go on an on about this, but there’s no way I’m ever going to get through to a knucklehead like you, so go ahead, have the last word.

            PS Repugnicans are scum, and anyone who pulls the lever for any (R) anywhere on their ballot is either a complete dumbass or a member of the 1%.

          • Catskinner

            There’s probably help out there for you, Crank, if you wish to pursue it.

  • Bill Thompson

    The bottom line is Congress will not do a thing .This supreme court decision should act as a cattillest for a mass voter registration drive in every state . If this dose not
    happen NOW it is very likely the Dem’s will loose both houses and the next two years will be a waiting game .while it maybe true the Dem’s will win the presidency in 2016 the Rep will hold both houses for the foreseeable future .If you know someone that needs help with ID or registration please help them .It is also time to get students involved time to take them by the hand and show them what is at stake .If anyone knows any organizations with email addresses or contact info please post it here and lets send it out to as many people as we can .CONGRESS IS UP FOR GRABS !

    • Germansmith

      Once people become aware of the full extend of ACA beginning in 2014, combined with all the other issues (real or not) Democrats will lose both houses
      UNLESS
      Republicans live up their potential for ultimate stupidity and block the immigration bill and start their circular firing squad.

      • RobertCHastings

        It is already a fait accompli. Boehner said last Friday, when the Senate celebrated their passing of the new Immigration Bill, that it would not even be considered by the House because, as per the Hastert rule, the majority of Republicans in the House oppose it.

        • Germansmith

          them, let them pay the consequences of their political stupidity

      • highpckts

        The GOP lost their “potential” a long time ago with their attitides about women, blacks, asians, and Hispanics! They refuse to change and that will be their undoing!!

    • RobertCHastings

      The sooner it happens, the better off we will all be, for we can rest assured the Republican legislatures around the country, as well as the Republicans in Congress will do all the can get away with to institutionalize restrictions on certain demographics and their right to vote. Cases already in court need to be acted on swiftly, and anyplace that allows recall elections for elected representatives and governors need to be pushed to action. While this country is by no means liberal, the vast majority believe in basic American ideals of fairness and integrity. When people understand the implications of “justice denied for one is justice denied for all”, there are not that many who will not understand the need to act.

    • rustacus21

      Technically, they don’t have to & have, over the last 12 years, endeavored to do exactly NOTHING (at least the conservatives thereof) & is why We, the People must change their jobs from ‘do-nothings’ to ‘done & gone’ from Congress, giving them the pink slips 15 million American workers received as of November, 2008. Oh & only 4.5 million of us are back to work to far. Lets make THAT the 1st priority going forward…

  • Lovefacts

    I’m hopeful this ruling will galvanize our voters for the 2014 election. Only by taking control of the House and maintaining control or enlarging our majority can we have a shot at undoing this travesty.

    However, a national identity card would solve this problem. Yes, I know both Republican and Libertarian fear mongers will fight this. However, our ssn already functions as a National ID. I suggest that by having a true National ID, with photo, it will also cut down on illegals and identity thief use of our ssn. This can be handled at a local DMV. It would cut down on people such as students voting twice–once by absentee and once at their college.

    • Germansmith

      The problem is the same people that have all sort of problems or excuses to not go and get a driver’s license or state ID (no need to know how to drive) will have the same problem getting the National ID cards at the DMV.
      Eliminate absentee voting (unless you are outside the US and can prove it). Too much fraud in there.
      Extend the early voting period and make sure you can vote on Saturdays and Sundays.

      • Bill Thompson

        There is little to no fraud studies have been done to prove the fact. please read the link below.
        http://brennan.3cdn.net/92635ddafbc09e8d88_i3m6bjdeh.pdf

        • Germansmith

          Gee Bill…You believe what you want, I believe what I have lived
          I live in Dade Co Florida and we had “ballot brokers” prosecuted and convicted of voting fraud caught with dozens of absentee ballots they themselves helped fill and have unsuspecting ignorant, disable or elderly voters sign for them.
          We had elections decided by overwhelming amounts of absentee ballots delivered to a candidate while the rest of voters are equally divided. FRAUD!!!!
          I am on the side of African Americans wanting to extend early voting (people have to work), but I still fail to understand, what is so difficult about getting a picture ID and if this is too much of the bother for a person, what are the chances that person would actually take the time to study the issues and candidates and responsibly fulfill their duty as a citizen. I rather that person do not vote frivolously.

          • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

            Scary thing is most of these Ballot Brokers tend to favor Conservative Candidates, too! Then you have conservative pundits like Ann Coulter who have proudly admitted to committing voter fraud.
            Of course, someone will bring out that old saw about Democrats in Chicago or Boston, or about how LBJ was elected to his first Congressional term by the folks in the cemetery voting for him. Thing is, documented Democratic abuses of voter fraud occurred back in the early 60s with no evidence of current practices.

          • Germansmith

            Considering how much money is in politics I am just surprise we do not see more from both parties
            Maybe they just got better and dance in and out over the line of illegality.

          • RobertCHastings

            If you haven’t done so, please link to article Bill Thompson refers you to.

          • Germansmith

            did, very lightly
            Will get into more detail later

          • Susan Powell

            I live in NC and our legislature which gained control of the house, the senate and the governors office under the flag of JOBS has done everything to take away freedoms but not much to get jobs as promised. They claim they are looking out for voter fraud when they passed sweeping changes in voting rights. We have had something like 38 cases of voter fraud in 50 years. Most of it was errors in information – not actual fraud. My 98 year old mother in law cannot go out to a polling place to vote and has voted by absentee ballot for several years. She has no drivers license anymore and cannot get out to get a picture ID. Should her vote not count just because she has lived in her home state for 98 years? Or is it just because she almost always votes Democratic? The GOP has taken away women’s rights, voting rights, private property rights, cut unemployment to 12 weeks and has made sure 500,000 people in this state have no health coverage, cut funding to pre-school for poor children (the same ones they fight to make sure are born then abandon). Our legislature in NC doesn’t even pretend to cook the frog the old fashioned way by raising the heat gradually. They may very well find out that the frog is going to jump out of their pot with the high heat they have put through. They have put in FREEDOM STEALING laws under the JOBS banner. The jobs they figure on are dangerous jobs with the oil & gas companies who will begin “FRACKING” by injecting chemicals and our precious water under our land. Voting rights are just the tip of the iceberg in NC. Moral Monday marches on the legislature are growing. The legislature keeps alienating more and more groups – the only ones left to vote for them agaiin will be stupid or rich.

        • RobertCHastings

          IF Germansmith linked to your article, which I hope he did, it should open his eyes. William Brennan, for who the Center is named, was considered a conservative before he was named to the Supreme Court by Dwight Eisenhower. Imagine Eisenhower’s chagrin when Brennan voted for the majority in Brown v. Board of Education, which effectively nullified the ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson that said schools could be separate AND equal. This, of course, led to school integration, and the beginning of the end for Jim Crow, and was, perhaps, the prelude to The Voting Rights Act of 1965. I have copied the article and will cherish it, for many reasons.

        • RobertCHastings

          Bill, link to the article Germansmith posts and then find the article itself in the Miami Herald. Huffington Post also writes about this incident, and it would appear Germansmith is correct. However, the fraud was conducted in favor of a Republican candidate for mayor of Miami.

          • Bill Thompson

            I don’t know how absentee ballots work in other states in New York the system seem to work floor Less . last year due to a surgical procedure I did have to have an absentee ballot .I had to requested it online it was sent to my home I had to give my Social Security number my address the district i was in I made my selections and had to mail it back to the NY board of elections . Unless Fraud is happening at the board of elections I fail to see how this could possibly be a problem.

          • RobertCHastings

            Your disclaimer at the beginning of your post, in which you say you do not know how the absentee voting system works in other states, is telling. Apparently it does not work in New York as it does in Florida, or in North Carolina. The fraud in Florida occurred in that the individual eventually indicted was employed by a political candidate and she filled out several ballots as she felt her employer wanted, in addition to her being in possession of some thirty or so ballots at once.

      • Lovefacts

        I agree about extending the voting. I believe the polls should be open 24 hours/day Saturday through Tuesday That way, people don’t have to take a day off work.

        I disagree about lowing the absentee voting. Many elderly or people who work and can’t get off vote this way. However, I believe if parents claim their college age students as a dependent, then the student must vote where the parents reside. If they choose to vote where they’re going to school, then the parents can’t deduct them from their taxes as a dependent.

        • Germansmith

          The problem with any concessions is that they are always abused. How many times have you seen perfectly healthy person jumping out a vehicle that is parked in a handicapped space with a perfectly legal sticker on?
          If a voter is dedicated to exercise their vote even after they are unable to go to the precinct, let them prove it. same applies to a college kid away at college.
          If there are no reform to the way absentee ballots are accepted, we will continue to have fraud and elections stolen by dirty politicians.

      • RobertCHastings

        Please, if you are going to fall back on the bugaboo of fraud, cite some verifiable sources that give factual evidence of such occurrences. My son who is handicapped and unable to get to the polls was permitted an absentee ballot; were this privilege to be denied him he would not vote, and his RIGHT to vote would have, essentially, been taken from him. I definitely support the extension of early voting hours and days. I feel we should take that one step further and institute a national voting day, in which ALL businesses around the country close to allow people to vote.
        As we both know, the reducing of hours and days for early voting in many jurisdictions around this country effectively denied many people THEIR right to vote.

        • Germansmith

          Miami Herald Ballot Brokers in Hialeah…read all about it
          http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2013/05/accused-hialeah-absentee-ballot-broker-kept-campaign-notes.html
          This is current news, not an opinion piece based on bias statistics
          Stands to common sense that if there is money in politics, there will be fraud either by a ballot brokers in Hialeah, or union leaders in Detroit or Chicago

          Sorry about your son. My youngest son is autistic and he is NOT voting, even as I, as his guardian, have not taken that right from him. I just do not believe he is capable of understanding the issues

          Your son may need an absentee ballot or special adjustments to vote, as many people, but there is a need for reform in the system (at least the way is done in Florida) and not send an absentee ballot to any one that request one

          • RobertCHastings

            It is an interesting article, to say the least, with the obligatory indignation and accusations. However, as this is a BLOG, which is under no moral, ethical, professional or legal obligation to print the TRUTH, there is really no overriding drive to accept it as truth. Now, if you can save us all some time and look through the Miami Herald archives and find the original, researched documents upon which this blog is premised, then we may actually have something. If you want to read something that even you should be able to accept, link to the article Bill Thompson (below) directs us. It is an excellent item, with several pages of supporting documentation.

          • Germansmith

            The link WAS the article. I do not know what you got
            Simple. Google Absentee Ballot broker Hialeah and you get to read the Miami Herald article
            Believe what you want. I find that most people in right wing or left wing web sites have their mind set on their beliefs and any other fact would just scramble their brains

          • RobertCHastings

            The link you posted was to the Miami Herald BLOG, NOT the Herald article itself, which I have subsequently located and read in its entirety, along with a Huffington Post article on this issue. You are right that I made the mistake of assuming since you disagreed with me that you were wrong, and this sense was reinforced when I found that your posted link led me to a blog. However, since I have read the article, perhaps I should revise my previous assertion that voter fraud has not occurred to state that voter fraud HAS occurred BY Republicans.

          • Germansmith

            Yes, fraud in this case was committed by Republicans on other Republicans, mostly because democrats are mostly an afterthought in South Florida. The only seats they win are usually in mostly black neighborhoods
            Still fraud and I am an “equal opportunity critic”
            If you want to see Democrat fraud , you need to go to Illinois and Chicago where at the end of their careers a lot of politicians spend their retirement in jail.

          • RobertCHastings

            The fact that Illinois politicians frequently end up in jail does not necessarily speak to voter fraud. It does speak to the atmosphere of corruption that has plagued that state for generations. Once again, read the article linked by Bill Thompson.

          • Germansmith

            I wrote fraud, not just voter fraud(many types, like getting appointed to a position for money or any consideration). There are also many types of election fraud.
            I will, I just need to get some work done first

    • RobertCHastings

      I seriously doubt that your fear of students voting twice (at home and at school) has any basis in verifiable fact. At least there have been no reported cases of such behavior. However, there was a case this past November of students NOT being allowed to vote at their school NOR by absentee ballot where they lived.

  • idamag

    First of al, racism is not dead in the United States. Take Frazer, Texas as an example. That is the place where a Black man was dragged to death behind a pickup truck and, most recently: A surveillance tape was released that showed two white policeman beating up on a handcuffed Black woman. The history of her arrest – They got her out of bed in the middle of the night and arrested her for a traffic citation that she had not paid.
    Roberts is probably a racist. Thomas might also be prejudiced against his own race because he might think he is white man.

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      Thomas admits he took full advantage of Affirmative Action to get to where he was when President GHW Bush nominated him to the Court. Now that he has achieved his ambitions, there is no further need for Affirmative Action to help anyone else.

    • Germansmith

      I am not black, and I am not judge Thomas so it is not for me to judge
      But I am Cuban born and I expect the people from my homeland to behave above reproach and to rise without any special help, just on hard work and talent alone. If I see then doing shenanigans it angers me more than if I see somebody else doing the same thing.
      I expect maybe Judge Thomas feels in a similar manner and is tougher on his own people than somebody else. I do not think is prejudice.

    • RobertCHastings

      Thomas’ name is CLARENCE THOMAS, not Naven Johnson, who was born a poor black child (Steve Martin in “The Jerk”). He is definitely aware of his blackness, and must be ashamed of it, or so detached from the implications of his being black that he is unaware of what he is doing.

    • Germansmith

      Of course we have racism, but as somebody born outside the US in a country where whites and blacks were divided by the amount of money they had, not the color of their skin and there was a lot of interbreeding, I also see a lot of double standards.
      If 2 whites cops beat a black woman is call “racism”, but if they beat a white woman or man, is only called brutality (this also happens a lot, trust me, but since is not “racism” it does not make it to the national news).
      Why is violence to blacks is always called “racism” (unless done by another black) or violence against gays “gay bashing” when maybe the motive was other that the color of their skin or sex orientation. Maybe they just really pissed off somebody.

      Nobody seen to make any fuss whenever is a white or Hispanic or Asian (unless he is a Muslim) are at the receiving end of a beating?
      I think racism is with us , but it seems to me everybody is doing the most to keep it alive.

  • Germansmith

    Why don’t we just implement a Federal voting laws and guidelines about voting (Obama just did that to healthcare, wise or not). This will take care of the problems and take this issue away from state legislators trying to modified the law to benefit one group or the other.
    Let new districts be created by a non-partisan panel and be based on geography and not gerrymandering to keep incumbents in office or guarantee any seats for a group or another.

    • Sand_Cat

      Good idea. Like Roberts’s alleged hope Congress would step up with new standards, it has a snowflake’s chance in Hell.
      There is also the problem that the founders, in their supposed wisdom, wrote in the Constitution that the states can determine voter eligibility and procedures (I don’t have the text before me).

      • Germansmith

        It was probably not wisdom, but the need to compromise to get a working constitution.
        Remember that originally most of the founders wanted a confederation and not a federal republic.

        • Sand_Cat

          Well, we agree on that. I have always believed that was the primary reason for the encouragement given to “states rights” in the Constitution as well, combined with what I regard as the incredibly naive belief that state and local governments would better protect people’s rights because they’re “closer.”

          • Germansmith

            Well, not totally wrong or naïve. I am a believer of State Rights
            One of the problems the colonist had with England was that Parliament was on the other side of the pond and not aware of their daily lives and challenges.
            Local and state government in America was then different from each others and reflected why and where the original colonists came from.
            Our government system is cumbersome and slow to change because it was designed to be that way, otherwise majority and current opinion will always tramp on the rights of the minorities.
            I know this will appear silly to somebody from the left, but you need to understand America is unique as a country by the way it build itself with the many waves of immigrants that came from all over the world.
            But since NO system is perfect, we now see some flaws that need to be corrected…there are tools in the Constitution for that

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      Not that I am condoning it, but Gerrymandering has been around almost as long as the country. The concept of carving a district up for political reasons dates back to Edbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, and the salamander shaped district that protected the interests he favored. Currently it has gotten so bad that some districts are extremely far apart, but connected by a highway and the right-of-way surrounding it. Geographically contiguous districts would definitely shake things up. Especially for districts that carve cities up into small chunks of the city absorbed by a larger suburban or rural constituency.

      • Germansmith

        good knowledge of history

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      There should be ONE unified Federal Voting Law, one unified method to cast votes and one unified procedure to count votes for the entire country.

      No exceptions, no local special conditions what so ever. I’d also prefer paper ballots with ink (black magic marker would be nice), not pencil, no electronic voting machines, no chads either.

      I’d also totally eliminate the Electoral College.

      • RobertCHastings

        I agree with you 100% about the Electoral College. I am surprised that subject has not already come up in Congress, although the law of unintended consequences makes it necessary to proceed cautiously when making such a basic change to the Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment gives the Federal government more authority over voting changes than did the original Constitution, and provided much of the legislative rationale for the Voting Rights Act. Perhaps the thinking behind the 1965 Act needs to be revisited.

    • RobertCHastings

      Great idea! Unfortunately, with the current configuration in the Congress, such an idea is a non-starter. There are too many things in your proposal that the Republicans in the House oppose.
      The Fourteenth Amendment deals with voting rights of all Americans, and section five of that Amendment gives the federal government the authority to oversee the implementation of this Amendment.

  • Sand_Cat

    I like the part about “knee-jerk liberal” responses. Where is the writer living: on Mars?
    The part about Roberts’s trying to “nudge” Congress is rich, too. The writer actually seems to think this was not what it obviously was: the fulfillment of the right-wing (I won’t sully the word “conservative” by applying it to these scum) dream of demolition of the Voting Rights Act.
    When will they start on the Civil Rights Act?

  • Allan Richardson

    The way I read the opinion, the justices did NOT say that preclearance cannot apply to ANY jurisdiction until Congress creates an updated list; they said that the preclearance portion of the law is STILL VALID, but the existing list is not. This COULD be interpreted as meaning that, until Congress acts, preclearance could be demanded of ALL jurisdictions, provided that DOJ actually REQUIRES it of everyone (as opposed to something like the IRS selecting which organizations to audit for tax exemptions). For minor changes in most jurisdictions, this would be a single letter to DOJ and a single letter back, so it would not be a terrible burden for the states or for DOJ.

    I have a petition on the White House web site urging the President to put this in effect IMMEDIATELY. If he does, there will be objections, and some people will go to court, but will not be able to get a definitive settled judgement for a few years. Meanwhile, the day Congress COMPLETES the replacement for Section 4, the policy of preclearance for all will be superseded.

    The link to my petition follows:

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/resume-enforcing-voting-rights-act-section-5-immediately/Ckj7Q0rW

  • JSquercia

    The actions of the Court are the VERY definition of an ACTIVIST Court substituting their Judgement over the will of the Congress .THe reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act garnered a 98 to 0 vote in the Senate and had ONLY 35 negative votes in the House .

  • rustacus21

    People shouldn’t be worried by all these hurdles, obstructions & complications to voting. All that need be done is to carry a smoldering determination to remember that conservatives mean to undo Democracy, via obstructing the freest exercise in its entire format – voting & THEN vote for every Liberal/Progressive, Constitutionally oriented, citizen-partnering representative on the ticket. Money. It wasn’t meant to pay for an ounce of anything Democracy-related, so why is it such an integral part of our modern Democracy? B/c the rich think everything has a price!!! This coming election, in spite of the money spent by conservatives like the Koch brothers, etc., We should all be sure to bring someone to the Secretary of State office to ensure they have their ID’s in order & make sure they vote Liberal/Progressive as well. We have the majority & should exercise it “LIBERALLY”!!!