Voting Rights Act

July 2, 2013 • Editorial

Passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a milestone in the civil rights movement, and it changed the face of government by making it easier for black voters to cast their ballots, and for black candidates to be elected to political office. That milestone crumbled a bit under last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring a key part of that law unconstitutional.

The justices, in a 5-4 decision, declared the section of the law that required certain jurisdictions to obtain approval for changes to voting districts and voting laws unconstitutional. Among other things, the ruling opens the door for states to impose a voter ID requirement and to pass other laws aimed at keeping people away from the polls, such as cutting early voting or barring it on Sundays, Login to read more

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