WASHINGTON - On Friday, June 17 at 11:30 a.m. ET, voting rights advocates and voters will host a press call to discuss the impact of the Shelby County v. Holder decision on the 2016 presidential election, the first in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). The call kicks off a week of action to restore the VRA in advance of the third anniversary of Shelby, which falls on June 25.
Press Call: Voting Rights Advocates Sound Alarm for 2016 Election on Shelby County v. Holder Anniversary
No new legislation is needed. The Supreme Court struck down only one provision in the Voting Rights Act — which was indeed unconstitutional, and which was never a permanent part of the Act anyway — and there are plenty of other voting-rights laws available to ensure that the right to vote is not violated. What's more, the principal bill that has been drafted is bad legislation. For example, it does not protect all races equally from discrimination; it contains much that has nothing to do with the Supreme Court's decision; and it itself violates the Constitution by prohibiting practices that are not actually racially discriminatory but only have racially disproportionate effects. The bill is also not really bipartisan; at Senate hearings, it was clear that no Republican there would favor it, because it is designed to give a partisan advantage to the Left.