High Court Strikes Down Key Part Of Voting Rights Act

US Supreme Court room SC High court strikes down key part of Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court struck down a key piece of the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, reversing decades-old policies designed to protect minorities from discrimination.

The 5-4 decision struck down a formula for determining which states and cities must get permission from the federal government before changing their voting procedures because they have a history of racial discrimination.

President Obama said he was “deeply disappointed” in the ruling, which struck down the “preclearance” requirement in the act first passed by Congress in 1965 and reauthorized several times since — most recently in 2006.

“Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent,” Obama said in a statement released hours after the court’s decision.

He called for Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has “equal access” to the polls, an issue Obama also raised after his reelection in the wake of long lines at some polling stations.

Read More at the Hill . By Sam Baker.

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  1. conservative one says:

    The lines wouldn't have been as long if they hadn't kept going back to the end just to vote over and over.

  2. Seeks_the_truth says:

    It's about time they start dropping these 'affirmative action' rules and laws.
    Fifty years ago, there was a reason for such actions. This is now 2013.
    Yes, there is still racism. There is Black racism as well as White. These laws were never meant to quell racism, it was to equal opportunity. We now have equal opportunity for all. (well, that is unless you're White)
    If you will be intellectually honest, affirmative action actually holds down the Black race. It gives them an excuse to not work toward a higher education or betterment of themselves.
    Excuses, excuses. Aren't you tired of excuses?
    There has now been a split in the Black community. Those who choose to get off the Democratic Plantation and those who thrive on it.
    Isn't it time to shut this plantation down so we may all live in peace?

    • Edwardkoziol says:

      Seeks does this mean we whites can't say we have to have x amount of whites on a basketball court as colored people or an equal mix on a footbball field because right now there are 22 men on the field 11 offense 11 defense and out of 22 you might have 5 to 6 white that is not fair.

  3. Edwardkoziol says:

    Finall this court did something right and I know those 2 porch monkies were with the 4 who descented along with that old has been Fuzzy Ruth Bader who is a democrat lackey.

  4. MuslimLuvChrist says:

    This is only being raised now in response to long lines last election, the lines where long mostly due to all the voter fraud going on.

    Now I don’t even trust the Supreme Court anymore. With all the voter fraud, there is no need for a “formula” determining which states/cities MUST get permission from the federal government due to racial discrimination? This is another form of control over the voting process which will never be fair again.

    I WILL NEVER TRUST this Machiavellian AGAIN, ESPECIALLY IF HE STATES HE WAS DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED ON ANYTHING. Republicans question every move he does now with respect to our nations voting process.

    What is the pre-clearance requirement that helped make voting fair in places where voter discrimination has been historically prevalent, like Philly where:

    HOLDER’S INJustice Department’s refusal to prosecute the worst case of voter intimidation (“equal access” to the polls) in modern times, perpetrated by club-wielding New Black Panthers, and

    The election process has been seriously corrupted by illegal money and massive voter fraud by the left. It is doubtful that fair ones will ever be held again, with the Marxists controlling the mechanism as they do.

    I pray this Islamic Extremist Muslim Socialist Marxist, this taqiyya Liar-in-Chief goes down before our country goes down. Something soon will be done, and Biden isn’t that bad, better yet, President Boehner sounds just right.

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