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  •  The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (1+ / 0-)
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    Justanothernyer

    Was passed nearly 50 years ago when minorities were not a part of the political process in the old south. We now have significant participation of POC as members of state and local government, and Congress. The states are arguing that a half a century, and quantifiable participation by POC in the political process, meets the VRA's conditions for the special pre-approval process to sunset. No one could argue that conditions today are the same as 1965. I think there will be broad support at the SCOTUS to change the pre-approval process in some fashion.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Fri May 18, 2012 at 05:10:56 PM PDT

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    •  it was re-authorized in 2006. (3+ / 0-)
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      Chi, costello7, OjaiValleyCali

      That's 5 years ago, not 50.

      This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson

      by Karl Rover on Fri May 18, 2012 at 05:36:03 PM PDT

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      •  Karl, one of the lawsuits (0+ / 0-)

        is challenging the re-authorization. The re-authorization legislation is one of the issues at hand.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Fri May 18, 2012 at 06:13:56 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, but the criteria for determining (1+ / 0-)
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        whether pre-clearance applies still reference periods between 1965 and 1972, not 2006.

        Of course, it should also be noted that the voting rights act permits a jurisdiction subject to pre-clearance to go to court and, if it has not attempted to discriminate in the prior 10 years, obtain a court order eliminating the pre-clearance requirement.

        •  Well, (0+ / 0-)
          if it has not attempted to discriminate in the prior 10 years,
          ;

          Would Florida's shenanigans in previous elections and those false mailings in northern states be looked at and therefore, the pre-clearance requirement remain?

    •  Not significant but proportional not the same esp (0+ / 0-)

      Since some people haven't learned 2 vote still. We can still b tokens & white supremacy wins again.

      The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

      by a2nite on Fri May 18, 2012 at 05:47:00 PM PDT

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      •  a2nite - the culture here is to not use (1+ / 0-)
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        Smoh

        twitter type symbols rather than real words. For those of us who are not Twitter users, it is very difficult to understand your comments.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Fri May 18, 2012 at 06:16:14 PM PDT

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