Do we need to restore the Voting Rights Act? | The Tylt

Do we need to restore the Voting Rights Act?

Since its passage in 1965, Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act required states with the worst histories of voter discrimination to receive approval from the federal government before changing voting regulations. But the Supreme Court overturned that section of the VRA in 2013, saying federal protection for minority voters was no longer needed. Critics say that decision gave us a slew of racially discriminatory voting laws and suppressed voters of color. Should we restore the Voting Rights Act?🗳️ 

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Critics say the decision gutted essential voting rights protections, and that Chief Justice John Roberts' claim regarding racial discrimination that "the country has changed" has proven to be completely false. Literally days after the ruling, numerous states changed their voting laws in ways that made it more difficult for poor people, the elderly, the disabled, and people of color to vote.

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But many conservatives applauded the decision, arguing Section 5 was an unnecessary overreach by the federal government, and states should be allowed to make their own decisions about voter regulations.

Now, this was a good idea in 1965, although even Chief Justice Earl Warren twice called the provision “stringent” in upholding it. At that time, whole swaths of the country were systematically and blatantly denying people the right to vote because of race. But is that still true in 2014? 

The answer, of course, is no. The South of 2014 is not the South of 1965. There are no large sections of the country like 1965 Mississippi. I very much doubt, in fact, that there is any single state or local jurisdiction that is like 1965 Mississippi.

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Do we need to restore the Voting Rights Act?
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