WTF? Of Course the Voting Rights Act is Still Needed!

There’s a discussion over at The New York Times about whether the Voting Rights Act is still needed today, more than 40 years after it finally crushed Jim Crow laws that disenfranchised millions of voters.

The fact that the Supreme Court is hearing a challenge to one of its key provisions is beside the point: of course it’s needed! Sheesh. Was anyone paying attention last year when Republican states attempted and succeeded in making people either show a government-issued photo ID to vote, or to rig voting precincts so that predominantly minority areas had disproportionately long lines?

If nothing else, the Voting Rights Act, and the preclearance provision in question, should be expanded in an effort to federalize elections — to stop the obvious state-level grabass to prevent people from voting. There are too many good ol’ boys who control our most cherished obligation here. They’ve screwed around long enough and it’s time to take their toys away.

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  • muselet

    … [T]he Voting Rights Act, and the preclearance provision in question, should be expanded in an effort to federalize elections — to stop the obvious state-level grabass to prevent people from voting.

    The Supremes will never go for it. Nice thought, though.

    –alopecia

  • mrbrink

    They strip these rights like cowards. Whether it’s women’s healthcare, calling it the “Protecting Women Act,” or the attacking the vote by calling it “Protecting The Vote Act”– one piece of protection at a time– they don’t have to stand outside of courthouses and schools and polling places to intimidate and obstruct with their signage and ugly fucking hate-faces. They’ve moved inside the courthouses, schools, and polling places and put on a smile. Jim Crow never died. He’s a motherfucking immortal. The proof is all around.

    Jim Crow is right there in Arizona dressed like someone named “Jan Brewer.” Jim Crow is there in Indiana, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin…

    In October of 2011, the Brennan Center released a report detailing all the changes that were taking place, noting the rapid wave of new legislation that changed the face of voters and our elections in 2012.

    And this is just what is being done on the legislative front. This doesn’t take into account the ethical bankruptcy behind the distribution of voting machines that force long lines, or altering polling places due to redistricting, or the misinformation it takes to disenfranchise up to 5 million voters across the country– not only in battle ground states– but even in the states like fucking Alabama and Kansas have restricted the vote!

    But C.J. John Roberts will declare with all certainty that there is no more need for these silly little laws of a bygone era, when racism was a public service and a right of passage, just because the grooves in his creepy fucking smile tell him that we elected a black president, so everything has changed.

    And if the court does strike this down, the reasoning for overturning will be the self-delusions of a bubble-world perspective– not law, or precedent, or anything resembling honest intellect.