voting rights act
The Supreme Court has played whack-a-mole with the Voting Rights Act: Strike down one part of the law, encourage people to use another part of it, then strike that part down. The Texas lawsuit gives them another whack.
When Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that he will try to restore the Justice Department’s authority to review voting laws in Texas, the move was cheered by Democrats—and especially minority voters—who feared disenfranchisement after the Supreme Court struck down a central component of the Voting Rights Act.
One week, two visions of Southern progress
The Supreme Court says the South is different now. Paula Deen's meltdown tells a different story.
Retirement with dignity was denied to core provisions of the Voting Rights Act. If ever a statute rose to iconic status, a super-statute amid a world of ordinary legislation, it was the Voting Rights Act. In the course of not quite half a century, the Act was pivotal in bringing black Americans to the broad currents of political life.
Two days before Christmas in 2011, Dr. Brenda Williams, who together with her husband runs a small family-physician practice in Sumter, S.C., was on the road with him and their daughter when they got word that the U.S. Department of Justice had decided to challenge a strict new voter ID law signed by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
John Roberts's question frames the Voting Rights Act case. Too bad there's no answer.
At last week's Supreme Court argument over the Voting Rights Act, Chief Justice John Roberts asked whether the government thinks the South is more racist than the North. The question frames the debate. Too bad there's no answer.