Racists in the South have hated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 since it was first debated in Congress, and have done everything possible to thwart it, first as Democrats and then as Republicans. Now they have their chance to throw off its civilizing influence so they can put the squeeze on liberty again:
In a year when Republicans across the nation were slammed by more than one court for engaging in activities meant to discourage voting, it's amazing that they'd even consider a challenge to this law. It's set to expire in 2031 anyway, and by the evidence it may be needed that long.The Supreme Court will consider eliminating the government's most potent weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s. . . . .
With a look at affirmative action in higher education already on the agenda, the court is putting a spotlight on race by re-examining the ongoing necessity of laws and programs aimed at giving racial minorities access to major areas of American life from which they once were systematically excluded.
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In an order Friday, the justices agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to the part of the landmark Voting Rights Act that requires all or parts of 16 states with a history of discrimination in voting to get federal approval before making any changes in the way they hold elections.
On the other hand, given the shenanigans in states not covered by the Act, we can hope that the Court will be wise and extend it to cover the entire nation -- thus resolving one possible constitutional challenge.