Congress Elections Voter Suppression

Relax, Racism is Still Over

According to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, there’s no need to plug holes in the Voting Rights Act.

via TPM

“There are still very, very strong protections in the Voting Rights Act in the area that the Supreme Court ruled on, which is the question of whether or not certain states — there were, I think 11 states, all Southern states that were required by law to seek precleareance of any changes in where polling places are located and other matters like that,” House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

That would be great if it were true, but less than 24 hours after the Supreme Court declared that racism is over, states began altering their election laws, disenfranchising thousands of voters in the process.

The Department of Justice still has the power to challenge election laws in each state, but only after the fact. While lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of election laws proceed, thousands of voters are disenfranchised because states no longer require advanced approval from the Department of Justice. Damage is already done before a challenge is even heard in court.

  • Christopher Foxx

    There are still very, very strong protections in the Voting Rights Act…

    “In fact,” Goodlatte continued, “it offers even MORE protections now to the Republican politicians.”

  • muselet

    He said Republicans have studied the issue and solicited input from experts

    Five bucks says House Rs solicited input from only one expert, Hans von Spakovsky.

    –alopecia

    • ninjaf

      I swear, some days it feels like there is no corner of our country that the Supreme Court appointed President hasn’t touched and continues to touch. What the Bush II administration did to our country gets downright depressing and sickening and makes me feel like we will spend my lifetime recovering from the damage. Just when we think we might be making progress, more crap turns up on the beach like the oil from the Horizon spill.

      • muselet

        Of course you’re right, but here’s an even more depressing thought to start your day: the GOP has moved on from the GW Bush Administration’s variety of awfulness. In a decade, we may look back on 2001–2008 as The Good Old Days (before fracking was made mandatory and the special Anti-Gay Courts were established—you know, like the Founding Fathers wrote in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution or one of the other sacred texts of Murca).

        –alopecia

        • ninjaf

          *puts fingers in ears and closes eyes* LA LA LA LA LA! I can’t hear you!

          I feel better now. :/

  • bphoon

    While lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of election laws
    proceed, thousands of voters are disenfranchised because states no
    longer require advanced approval from the Department of Justice. Damage
    is already done before a challenge is even heard in court.

    That, of course, was the objective. At least within the context of that lawsuit, mission accomplished. Most of the other lawsuits will nibble at other facets of the law until, ultimately, it dies the death of a thousand cuts. Like abortion rights. Like other civil rights. Like the Middle Class. Like most of the other strides our society has made over the last 50-60 years.