Is It Time to End Parts of the Voting Rights Act Still In Place in Some States?

The Supreme Court is expected to rule in the spring on whether the laws, which were put into place almost half a century ago, are now unconstitutional.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether to strike down parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which requires some states to consult with the federal government on all voting changes. An article by USA Today points out that should it be struck down and Southern states would no longer have to clear it with the federal government every time it wants to move a polling place or institute photo ID laws or restrictions on early voting. One of the reported arguments supporting the fact that it is no longer necessary is the voting records of Mississippi and Massachusetts. Mississippi, which is still subject to the act, has the best black voter turnout, while Massachusetts, not subjected to any federal oversight, has the worst.

What do you think? Have we moved past the time when Southern states need to subjected to federal oversight to ensure racism does not creep back into voting laws?

Mr. B March 05, 2013 at 08:13 PM
You're confusing this Act with redistricting. The same redistricting that kept Georgia a Democratically controlled state for 135 years.
Tammy Osier March 06, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Mr. B is right. Redistricting seldom helps republicans so to villifiy them unecessarily is redundant.
Ed Varn March 06, 2013 at 02:37 AM
And that's George for you. Chastise the Republicans, but turn a blind eye to the Democrats when they do the same things. Which is why we have so much gridlock in DC--partisan, partisan, partisan.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew March 06, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Eek, it has in some degree - just like it has for any group in power, but every empire collapses over time, it just seems Republicans have been more efficient in the life cycle...
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew March 07, 2013 at 04:00 AM
For those who think Democrats never redistrict to strengthen their party position... http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/ky-state-news/House-passes-redistricting-plan-over-GOP-protests-195778071.html FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Democratic leaders in the House have won passage of a legislative redistricting plan that could strengthen their majority by forcing 11 Republicans to run against each other next year. The Democratic-controlled House voted 53-46 along party lines on Wednesday to pass the measure, which now moves to the GOP-led Senate where it faces an uncertain future. Bonus points if you move, they don't have the new screwgoogled car tax fee we just started paying. To Dems among us, feel free to depart just leave your ID at the state line and don't forget to shut off the light.


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