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The lone grain of truth against Section 4 of the VRA was that the situation has changed from the time it was passed until today. BUT, this does NOT in any way, shape or form mean that racism and voter discrimination has somehow disappeared. Instead, it has spread all over the country. And the instances are too numerous to count. In Ohio. And Florida. And Texas. And Arizona. And in many other states.

The best way to reinstate Section 4 is to do it for all 50 states. Every state, county, parish, borough, and city should have to comply with a reinstated Section 4. That way, racists in the South can't complain that they are being singled out, and racists outside the South can have some of their powers checked. No opt-out. No sunshine clause. The only way out is to revisit the law many years later. It's a win for everyone except the Republicans racists.

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  •  Clarification (2+ / 0-)
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    Risen Tree, VClib

    It was Section 4, not Section 5, that was declared unconstitutional today.  Distinction without a difference, because it's impossible to enforce Section 5 without Section 4.  But it's important to be clear.

  •  Indeed. Voter ID laws in 22 states in 2 years (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Risen Tree, artebella

    plus attempts in more. Government-issued ID requirement notices even where no ID is required. Demonstrably unequal distribution of voting machines vis-a-vis population.  

    I'm sorry Shelby County got its widdle fee fees hurt because its history of voter suppression brought a mandate of preclearance for new voting requirements. Must be tough laboring under that yoke of suspicion and prejudice, huh?

    But they did have a point: this can happen everywhere, and it's happening in too many places.

    And today, in trying to say "some of my best friend provisions are black," the Supremes reaffirmed the federal power to require local voting laws be cleared by the Justice Dept. to make sure they don't suppress votes.

    So, yeah, let's get it on. Talk about a 50-state strategy. Let's make sure people in all 50 states get to vote.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 04:05:16 PM PDT

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