Today the Supreme Court announced their decision in a case involving the voting rights act (Shelby County v. Holder). It did not void the act, nor did it rule that discrimination no longer exists.
The opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, said the 2006 reauthorization is an unfair burden on states because Congress has never revised the original formula for determining which states must gain preclearance. Preclearance refers to changes in a states voting laws that must be pre-cleared by the DOJ. The formula refers to which counties/states have a record of discrimination and have to pre-clear any changes to their laws.
In his opinion striking down the formula that covers nine states, mostly in the South, the chief justice chided Congress countless times. Over and over again, he cites his own ruling in the 2009 voting-rights case, where he all but told Congress: Fix this or we’re going to do it for you.
“We expressed our broader concerns about the constitutionality of the Act. Congress could have updated the coverage formula at that time, but did not do so, its failure to act leaves us today with no choice.”
The court didn’t say preclearance its unconstitutional, what the court said is the formula used for preclearance is 50-years old. They need to revise the formula based on present situation. Roberts wrote in the majority opinion:
“Our country has changed, and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions,”
But if you listen to the left one would think the court made it a requirement for everyone in the country to join the KKK:
Take a look at some of these headlines/Tweets/Comments:
Excuse me, but which Supreme Court decision are they talking about? These progressives are bitterly clinging to an outdated formula and is based on society in 1965.
Those who stated the criticism above certainly didn’t understand the decision itself, and that discrimination is illegal. All the decision did was tell the Congress to fix the law based on present day conditions, four years after the court warned Congress that it needed fixing