The Death of Voting Rights
Ever since the election of George W. Bush, the Republican strategy has been to keep a growing Democratic majority at bay by repressing the votes of people and groups likely to vote Democratic.
No one disputes Republicans used the once-a-decade redistricting process to lock in their House majority — almost certainly through 2014 and possibly until the next round of line-drawing in 2020.
Gerrymandering is one of the last great embarrassments to American democracy. It is nothing less than a blatant but effective means of obstructing the will of the people. Both sides do it. It is disgusting. I do not care if it is legal – it is wrong.
The Supreme Court struck down a provision of the voting rights act that required federal approval before making changes in the voting law.
The court ignored the voting suppression shown vividly in the 2012 election. The voting places where shut down to less hours than needed and the facilities were limited in the numbers of voting machines. People stood in line for 8 hours to vote.
That was WITH the law. Now, we will see to what lengths these states will go to ensure rule by the tiny minority.
Within two hours of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act, Greg Abbott, the attorney general for the state of Texas, announced that a voter identification law that was blocked last year by the Justice Department would go into effect.