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  •  I don't think even a majority of Dems (2+ / 0-)
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    Robobagpiper, weck

    in the House want to extend pre-approval to the entire country, but maybe they do. The best time to create a new Section 4 map, either a universal or a specific map, will be in 2013 rather than 2014. The Democrats have no control regarding when such a bill would come up for a vote, or if it ever comes up for a vote. If the House GOP leadership believes that the Democrats want to use this as a political hammer they will be certain that it never gets out of committee to get to a floor vote. The only way a new Section 4 map can be created is through a bipartisan effort in the House.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 11:35:33 PM PDT

    •  It's not going to happen (3+ / 0-)
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      weck, Odysseus, VClib

      This Congress is never ceding control of elections entirely to the Federal government.  And there was enough b.s. coming out of the raging conservative activists in this decision to make it clear 'elections belong to the states'.  The notion that they would find a map constitutional that in effect cedes a lot of election control to the feds is a pipe dream.  

      I do believe a voter's bill of rights could pass, since Section 5 was upheld, in theory.  Although dealing with discrimination the VRA can be construed to include basic voting rights for all citizens.  I'd like experts on the law to weigh in on that.  I have not studied the law.  

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