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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 03:17 AM

NAACP warns Supreme Court: Thwart assault on Voting Rights Act or risk return to ‘old poison’

Source: Guardian

NAACP warns Supreme Court: Thwart assault on Voting Rights Act or risk return to ‘old poison’
By Ed Pilkington, The Guardian
Saturday, February 23, 2013 2:27 EST

The lawyer who will next week go before the US supreme court to defend the Voting Rights Act has warned that if a key provision of the law that prevents discrimination at the polling booth largely in southern states is struck down, it would “set the hands of the clock winding backwards” for millions of minority voters.

Debo Adegbile, special counsel for the NAACP, the country’s largest civil rights organisation, will have the momentous task on Wednesday of defending one of the mainstays of America’s prolonged struggle against racial discrimination.

Lined up against him will be an array of conservative lawyers and legislators, many based in the south, where the sting of the legislation is felt most keenly.

Wednesday’s hearing, in which the nine supreme court justices will hear oral argument before delivering a ruling expected in June, is being seen as the greatest threat to the Voting Rights Act since it was enacted in 1965. The focus of the debate will be Section 5, a provision under which 16 states – mainly though not exclusively in the south – are subject to stringent federal monitoring designed to prevent them discriminating against African American and other minority voters.


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Reply NAACP warns Supreme Court: Thwart assault on Voting Rights Act or risk return to ‘old poison’ (Original post)
Judi Lynn Feb 2013 OP
BumRushDaShow Feb 2013 #1
PSPS Feb 2013 #2
baldguy Feb 2013 #3
Downwinder Feb 2013 #4
Ash_F Feb 2013 #5
cstanleytech Feb 2013 #6
Ken Burch Feb 2013 #7
reACTIONary Feb 2013 #8
Doctor_J Feb 2013 #9
Joe Bacon Feb 2013 #10

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 07:57 AM

1. Rethugs demand upholding the 2nd Amendment

yet the 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th Amendments don't count.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 10:21 AM

2. Correction: Only half of the second amendment.

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Response to PSPS (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 02:26 PM

3. +1000

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 02:40 PM

4. I'm 72 and the NAACP is the only one fighting for me.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 03:11 PM

5. Rather than examine why fewer and fewer demographics vote for them...

...and make the necessary policy changes to remain relevant in American society, the pubs choose to further disenfranchise people. We must remain vigilant of our rights.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 03:16 PM

6. Personally I think the monitoring should be extended nationwide "shrug"

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 03:44 PM

7. Not a bad idea, actually.

As long as the few try to stop the many from voting, we'll need the Voting Rights Act.

We must always challenge the idea that SOME citizens are "Real Americans" while others aren't.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 06:52 PM

8. Absolutly! Aside from the civil rights amendments...

...the constitution gurantees all state citizens a republican (that is, democratic) form of governmnet. It is obvious that this provision gives the federal government the duty to oversee voting rights in the states.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 06:09 PM

9. SCOTUS should have been dealt with summarily after Theft 2000

a great deal of misery could have been avoided over the last 12 years

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 06:37 PM

10. Get ready because it's going to turn ugly real fast.

It's a done deal, this corrupted Court will vote 5-4 to kill Section 5.

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