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February 28, 2013

Voting Rights Act shows SCOTUS' divide


In 2009, the Chief Justice John Roberts wrote an opinion joined by seven other justices.

“The evil that (Section) 5 is meant to address may no longer be concentrated in the jurisdictions singled out for preclearance,” he wrote. “The statute’s coverage formula is based on data that is now more than 35 years old, and there is considerable evidence that it fails to account for current political conditions.”

That — and the fact that at least five justices seem prepared to strike down the law — does not augur well for its continuence. We confess that while we are not experts on the racial progress on the jurisdictions in question, recent attempts to restrict voting in several states make us nervous about people’s right to vote being jeopardized and equally nervous about this law being struck down.

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