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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 10:54 AM

US supreme court leans towards striking part of Voting Rights Act

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Source: Gurardian UK

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The US supreme court appeared to be leaning toward striking down cornerstone civil rights legislation that has protected African Americans' right to vote for half a century during a combative hearing on Wednesday.

The justices clashed over whether discrimination is still an issue with one, Antonin Scalia, deriding the legislation under dispute as "perpetuation of racial entitlement". They also disagreed over whether it is for Congress or the courts to decide whether measures that discourage or diminish minority votes require federal intervention.

The case was brought by an Alabama county which argued that the state is being singled out by a provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, widely regarded as one of the most important pieces of US civil rights legislation, that subjects states with a history of disenfranchising black people, mostly in the south, to US Justice Department oversight of their election laws and procedures.

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"In the period we're talking about it has 240 discriminatory voting laws that were blocked by Section 5 objections."

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The justice likely to be the swing vote, Anthony Kennedy, expressed scepticism about the continuing need for Section 5 and the fact that it is primarily directed at the old segregationist states. "Times change," he commented.

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Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2013/feb/27/supreme-court-strike-down-voting-rights-act

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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 10:58 AM

1. saw this a while back, as a future possibility...

Not certain on the timeline for this, hoping I'm not posting something old. I didn't see the story anywhere else so I thought it was worth sharing.

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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 11:01 AM

2. yes, I'm afraid this is yesterday's news - locking

Here is one of the first threads on the same topic.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014409741

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