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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 02:05 PM

Push to overturn Voting Rights Act tied to GOP voter suppression efforts

Source: MSNBC

The Washington D.C. lawyer representing the Alabama county that wants to strike down the heart of the most effective civil-rights law in history specialize in cases aimed at making voting harder for minorities.

William Consovoy—the lead attorney on the case—also last year argued on behalf of Republican officials in Florida and Ohio, who in both cases were seeking to significantly reduce the days allotted for early voting, which blacks take advantage of more than whites. Consovoy, a former clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas, is a partner at Wiley Rein, a Washington, D.C., law firm that bills itself as the best in the country for election law.

The Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in Shelby County v. Holder Wednesday. And the involvement of Consovoy and Wiley Rein in the case, which challenges the constitutionality of a key part of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), underlines the extent to which it’s a product of the broader partisan voter suppression campaign pushed by Republicans last year in a failed attempt to defeat President Obama.

In 2012, Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted caused an outcry when he ended early voting in the three days before Election Day for everyone except members of the military. The change would have made it harder for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans—disproportionately African-Americans—to vote. As Rachel Maddow and MSNBC.com noted at the time, Husted brought in Consovoy to defend the move in court, after it was challenged by the Obama campaign. Ultimately, the court required that the early voting days be restored.

Read more: http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/02/25/push-to-overturn-voting-rights-act-tied-to-gop-voter-suppression-efforts

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Reply Push to overturn Voting Rights Act tied to GOP voter suppression efforts (Original post)
onehandle Feb 2013 OP
sakabatou Feb 2013 #1
freshwest Feb 2013 #8
drm604 Feb 2013 #2
The Wielding Truth Feb 2013 #3
Drale Feb 2013 #4
rhett o rick Feb 2013 #6
annabanana Feb 2013 #7
rhett o rick Feb 2013 #15
Politicalboi Feb 2013 #16
rhett o rick Feb 2013 #17
L0oniX Feb 2013 #5
TygrBright Feb 2013 #12
Iliyah Feb 2013 #9
SFnomad Feb 2013 #10
Dawson Leery Feb 2013 #11
another_liberal Feb 2013 #13
iandhr Feb 2013 #14
Posteritatis Feb 2013 #18
blkmusclmachine Feb 2013 #19

Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 02:21 PM

1. Just another reason why Republicans are scum

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 03:09 PM

8. +1,000

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 02:44 PM

2. Of course it is.

Was there any doubt?

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 02:47 PM

3. They don't quit. They really want to destroy our democracy.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 02:49 PM

4. If I remember correctly the part of the law they are challenging

says that certain states (I don't remember which ones) have to get any voting changes approved by the Federal Government because of their history of racism. Theres an easy way to fix that if ruled unconstitutional make all states run their election laws by the Feds first.

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Response to Drale (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 03:05 PM

6. I dont think that will help. I believe the SCOTUS will rule that it's unconstitutional

for the federal government to interfere with states voting laws.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 03:07 PM

7. I think that they will kill it because it doesn't apply evenly.

I think it would have a better chance if it was applied equally across the country.

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Response to annabanana (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:59 PM

15. I would love that to be true, but as best I can read there is nothing in

the Constitution that permits the federal government to impose specific voting requirements on states. They have gotten around it so far because the federal government argued that it was necessary for them to put specific laws onto states in order to advance integration. I dont think it was ever challenged to the SCOTUS. I think they will rule 5 -4 against the law.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:11 PM

16. Unless it's Marijuana

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Response to Politicalboi (Reply #16)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:17 PM

17. What does MaryJane have to do with voting laws.

Oh wait. I get it. Is this Cheech Marin? If it is, "Dave's not here"

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 03:01 PM

5. So when whites enventually become the minority ...then what? Dumb asses!

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Response to L0oniX (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:30 PM

12. sssshhhh... Don't remind them. n/t

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 03:17 PM

9. Michigan is being run like a dictatorship and a blue print

for the rest of the country via GOPs. Sound a lot like WW2 huh?

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 03:44 PM

10. Democrats cherish the right to vote ....

Republicans fear it.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:05 PM

11. "States rights" is code for "allowing discrimination".

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:40 PM

13. Jim Crow by any other name . . .

Jim Crow by any other name is still narrow-minded, racist and fundamentally unconstitutional Jim Crow. The Conservative Movement is signing its own death warrant with this kind of crap. Despite any temporary wins they may achieve with these cowardly efforts to suppress minority voting, they will lose, and lose big, in the end.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:57 PM

14. I AM SHOCKED SHOCKED to find that gambling is going on here.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:29 PM

18. "Specialize in cases aimed at making voting harder for minorities."

Just roll that phrase around in your heads for awhile.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 03:02 AM

19. In other news, water is wet.

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