Voting Rights Act petitions reach Supreme Court

WASHINGTON Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:25pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two legal challenges to the Voting Rights Act, a landmark law adopted in 1965 that barred racial discrimination in voting practices, reached the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday.

The appeals target a part of the law, known as pre-clearance, that says that states with a history of discrimination must get permission from the federal government before changing election procedures.

The first challenge was filed by supporters of a 2008 Kinston, North Carolina, measure that would omit candidates' party affiliations from ballots.

The Obama administration used the pre-clearance requirement to block the Kinston measure in 2009, saying black voters would be more likely to vote for the wrong person under the new rules.

Later on Friday, lawyers for Shelby County, Alabama, filed an appeal of their own. The county sued to challenge the law in 2010 in a case many considered destined for the Supreme Court.

Both appeals argue that the pre-clearance requirement unfairly targets selected governments based on a decades-old formula. They ask the Supreme Court to review their cases this term, which begins in October.

There have been more challenges to the Voting Rights Act in the past two years than in the previous 45 year, including recent Section 5 lawsuits from Texas and South Carolina.

(Reporting by Drew Singer; editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Andre Grenon)

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kkong164 wrote:
” black voters would be more likely to vote for the wrong person under the new rules.”

King Barry ain’t no racist…

Jul 20, 2012 2:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
aedile245 wrote:
“The Obama administration used Section 5 to block the Kinston measure in 2009, saying that black voters would be more likely to vote for the wrong person under the new rules.”

What they are saying here, in essence, is that black voters are too ignorant to know which candidate is the Democrat on their ballot.

When will minorities get tired of being looked down on by the Democratic party? Or do they actually agree with the low opinion the Democrats hold of them and their intellect?

Jul 20, 2012 2:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:
Requiring EVERYONE to produce valid ID to vote discriminates against NO ONE! The challengers want to be able to count illegal aliens for Obummer to win, that is what the stink is about and it sure does stink in the challengers’ camp. More each day.

Jul 20, 2012 3:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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