Poritons of the 1965 Voting Rights Act are under attack. In this case its Section 5 of the voting rights act that calls for “preclerence” which basically says the Justice Department must:
“preclear” any attempt to change “any voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure with respect to voting…” in any “covered jurisdiction.”
One of the “covered jurisdictions” is Alabama. As part of the “old” south, Alabama was one of those states that worked to disenfranchise black voters by using redistricting to dilute the black population’s vote.
When a small city in Alabama decided it had to redraw district maps to account for a larger white population in what had been an almost all black city they had to get preclerence and were denied by the Justice Department.
This set off a lawsuit that is headed to the Supreme Court challanging the ’65 Voting Rights Act. The suit is being lead by a conservative advocate named Edward Blum who spends his time challenging any and all programs geared toward protecting the rights of African Americans.
The fear here is — if Blum gets his way and the civil rights act is struck down by this conservative court, with will be another nail in the coffin for progressives. And, at a time of record voter suppression laws and other tricks by conservative governors, we could see the unprecedented disenfranchisement for blacks and Hispanics.
Read all about it here.