Supreme Court Invalidates Key Part of Voting Rights Act

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    The Supreme Court on Tuesday effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote, freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/us...anted=all&_r=0

    This happened while I was in the wilds of Alaska. I am just now getting caught up on my reading and cannot believe this is true.

    Ginsberg, Sotomayor, Kagen, and Breyer dissented.

    https://www.documentcloud.org/docume...l#document/p32
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  5. Visit  aknottedyarn profile page
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    I would love to believe that Americans are fair, honest, and without prejudice. I would hope that the size of the wallet, the color of the skin, or the politics and party affiliation do not matter when it comes to support of all citizens voting. We have seen many attempts to discourage voters by such things as creating lines precluding voting for many hours. We have seen IDs used to decrease poorer voters who might not have the ease of transportion or might have other issues that make the specific form of ID difficult, if not impossible to get.

    I don't think certain states should have been pointed out as the only ones that needed oversight. We see these activities in many states.
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    GOP has tough choices on Voting Rights Act - Businessweek

    National GOP Chairman Reince Priebus began that effort well before the court's decision by promising, among other initiatives, to hire non-white party activists to engage directly with black and Latino voters. Yet state and national Republicans reacted to the Voting Rights Act decision with a flurry of activity and comments that may not fit neatly into the national party's vision.
    Are they playing politics with our right to vote?
    Citizens in states now will have to PROVE that the new laws undermine voting...rather than the lawmakers having to demonstrate that there IS fraud that must be fixed.

    US Sen. Leahy to seek answers to Voting Rights Act - News Local Vermont - Boston.com

    Cathedral dean: Voting Rights Act ruling a 'filthy enactment' - Washington Times

    The dean of the Washington National Cathedral on Sunday criticized the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Voting Rights Act as a “filthy enactment” and asked parishioners to work together to reverse the decision.
    “We are a public church and public churches cannot be neutral where issues of justice are at stake,” the Rev. Gary Hall said to the audience gathered at the Northwest church.
    Leahy cited a Texas voter ID law that will require voters to show state-issued identification before voting. It had been blocked by a panel of federal judges but would be allowed to take effect after the Supreme Court decision. Leahy said it’s proof that discrimination against minority voters still exists.

    ‘‘That was a wake-up call to people, two hours after the decision came down, Texas moved to really limit, if you look at the face of it, voting and minorities,’’ he said.
    I believe that the thought that we are beyond racism and bigotry in our politics is magical thinking.
    If we are willing to look closely at what goes on it is clear that bigotry and racism are alive and well in the USA.

    The Roberts court has now dismantled the VRA and given us corporate citizens that are not required to pay taxes and whose entitlements are off limits. Well done conservatives, well done.
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  7. Visit  herring_RN profile page
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    1965 was not ancient history. Some people will always try to cheat. We need to be vigilant in protecting our government of, by, and for the people.

    Harry Belafonte, Martin Luther King Jr, and Tony Bennett marched for our right to vote. Two are alive and active today.


    Lavinia Dock RN was arrested several time for trying to register to vote before women were considered full citizens of the United States. This is the picture in the AJN when the ANA honored her at age 98 in 1956.

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    On Supreme Court Decision on Voting Rights: 'Participation in Political Life Is A Right and Moral Obligation' State U.S. Bishops

    The U.S. Supreme Court decision June 25 striking down part of the Voting Rights Act "necessitates legislative action to assure that no one is denied their right or obligation to participate in public life by voting or speaking out," said Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Daniel E. Flores of the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Cultural Diversity.

    The statement follows."The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has long played a leadership role in securing and protecting the rights of all citizens to vote, including the Voting Rights Act. The recent Supreme Court decision necessitates that Congress act swiftly to assure that the right to vote be protected and afforded to all eligible citizens.

    Corresponding to this right is the moral obligation that each of us has to participate in public life.
    In the U.S. bishops' statement Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, we wrote 'In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.... Participation in political life in light of fundamental moral principles is an essential duty for every Catholic and all people of good will.'

    We urge policymakers to quickly come together to reaffirm the bipartisan consensus that has long supported the Voting Rights Act and to move forward new legislation that assures modern and effective protections for allvoters so that they may exercise their right and moral obligation to participate in political life."

    http://www.usccb.org/news/2013/13-135.cfm
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    The Roberts' Court will be famous for a few horrible decisions, this will be one of them.
    We should worry that they will continue to empower corporations and while removing protections for citizens.
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    and I bet Dock and King are still voting Democrat today probably multiple times in several different states.

    Quote from herring_RN
    1965 was not ancient history. Some people will always try to cheat. We need to be vigilant in protecting our government of, by, and for the people.

    Harry Belafonte, Martin Luther King Jr, and Tony Bennett marched for our right to vote. Two are alive and active today.


    Lavinia Dock RN was arrested several time for trying to register to vote before women were considered full citizens of the United States. This is the picture in the AJN when the ANA honored her at age 98 in 1956.

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    Quote from 22gawhitacre
    and I bet Dock and King are still voting Democrat today probably multiple times in several different states.
    I'll take that bet!
    Wanna double up?
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/26/us...&smid=fb-share
    In a speech before the National Urban League in Philadelphia, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the request would be the first of several legal salvos from the administration in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision. “My colleagues and I are determined to use every tool at our disposal,” he said, “to stand against such discrimination wherever it is found.”

    For years, Republicans across the nation have pushed for tougher voter identification laws, shorter voting hours and other measures they say are intended to reduce voter fraud. The efforts have intensified across the South, from Texas to North Carolina, after the Supreme Court’s ruling freed many states and localities from federal oversight.
    Democrats have said the steps are intended to reduce voting by minorities, students and other heavily Democratic groups.
    State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer, Democrat of San Antonio, who is the chairman of the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus, said racial discrimination in Texas was not a thing of the past.
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    only reason to be against voter id laws are because you plan to cheat the system period. There is no logical reason not to have these common sense safeguards in place to prevent fraud.


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    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/26/us...&smid=fb-share
    In a speech before the National Urban League in Philadelphia, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the request would be the first of several legal salvos from the administration in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision. “My colleagues and I are determined to use every tool at our disposal,” he said, “to stand against such discrimination wherever it is found.”

    For years, Republicans across the nation have pushed for tougher voter identification laws, shorter voting hours and other measures they say are intended to reduce voter fraud. The efforts have intensified across the South, from Texas to North Carolina, after the Supreme Court’s ruling freed many states and localities from federal oversight.
    Democrats have said the steps are intended to reduce voting by minorities, students and other heavily Democratic groups.
    State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer, Democrat of San Antonio, who is the chairman of the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus, said racial discrimination in Texas was not a thing of the past.
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    Quote from 22gawhitacre
    only reason to be against voter id laws are because you plan to cheat the system period. There is no logical reason not to have these common sense safeguards in place to prevent fraud.
    Unless you have specific verifiable statistics to show this to be true it is just another talking point by those who rely on scare tactics rather than facts. The stats i have seen show the opposite. There are many reasons to be against the voter id laws by some states.

    There are many reasons not to have a specific ID system as has been shown by many states. Birth certificates can be lost, records burned up, and irreplaceable. There can be mistakes on birth certificates. In my mother's case her name was spelled wrong. There are many citizens born in the US that have these issues. One of the suggestions I think came from TX, although it could have been another state, was to demand citizenship papers. This was the topic in another thread recently. it was an unreasonable demand and an obvious attempt to cut down on voting by naturalized citizens.

    For many there are costs associated with obtaining these specific forms of ID that are demanded. That is what makes them so illegal. it is another way to impose a poll tax.

    And no, I am not against voter identification laws because I plan to cheat the system. i have all kinds of ID. I am just not so selfish as to think that every legitimate potential voter has had the same history as I have. When a person starts to think of others as partners in democracy rather than look for ways to continue the us and them thinking then and only then we can think that we are on a road to advancement rather than degradation.
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  16. Visit  herring_RN profile page
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    I know for certain that some counties in Western Texas did not register every birth in the first third of the 20th century. Most babies were born at home and many mothers died before the baby was two years old. Many of those children didn't live to be two years old.
    Informal "adoptions" were common. Babies were raised with the surname of the family that took them in.
    These people are as young as 68 years old. If they were not baptized in a church that kept records the only officiel government proof of their existence is their registration for kindergarten or first grade.

    The people i know in that group were born in the USA. They are Americans who should be able to vote. If required a picture ID should be able to include married names for people who changed their name, should not require a long trip to obtain, and should not cost a lot of money for low income citizens.
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