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It was unclear whether the legislation would come up this year. The temporary provisions don't expire until 2007, but leaders of both parties had hoped to pass the act and use it to further their prospects in the fall's midterm elections.

The shift came after a private House GOP caucus meeting earlier Wednesday in which several Republicans also balked at extending provisions in the law that require ballots to be printed in more than one language in neighborhoods where there are large numbers of immigrants, said several participants.

"The speaker's had a standing rule that nothing would be voted on unless there's a majority of the majority," said Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., who led the objections. "It was pretty clear at the meeting that the majority of the majority wasn't there."

The legislation was approved by the Judiciary Committee on a 33-1 vote. But despite leadership support, controversy has shadowed the legislation 40 years after it first prohibited policies that blocked blacks from voting.

Several Republicans, led by Westmoreland, had worked to allow an amendment that would ease a requirement that nine states win permission from the Justice Department or a federal judge to change their voting rules. ....

Animals. Just animals.

Originally posted to amberglow on Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 06:41 PM PDT.

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  •  Predictable Republican decision, (0+ / 0-)

    but, who called the shots to shoot down the Act's renewal--the racist wing or the vote-fixing wing?

    Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise, every expanded project." --James Madison

    by Hirsch on Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 06:53:54 PM PDT

  •  This is a concerted effort (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    to deny the vote to anyone they think will vote against them.  In his book, Conned, Sasha Abramsky shows how the anti-felon laws are used (and vigorously protected) to keep low income African-Americans and Latinos from voting.  It is a very distressing story and one that rarely rises to the consciousness of middle-class people.  

    What is particularly worth noting is that many of the people who are disenfranchised forever are people who committed minor offenses or were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when they were teenagers.  Because they were poor and had limited access to good legal representation, they often had to plea bargain and ended up with felony convictions on their records.  

    Author, DOUBLETHINK: A Tale of Unintended Consequences

    by JESchwartz on Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 06:58:10 PM PDT

  •  NYT yesterday: (0+ / 0-)

    ...The reversal represented a significant embarrassment for the party leadership, which has promised a vote on the landmark anti-discrimination law and hailed its imminent approval in a rare bipartisan press event on the steps of the Capitol last month.

    But lawmakers critical of the bill mutinied in a closed meeting of House Republicans this morning just hours before the vote was expected to occur and several said it was uncertain whether a majority of Republicans would back the legislation at this point.

    "A lot of it looks as if these are some old boys from the South who are trying to do away with it," said Representative Lynn A. Westmoreland of Georgia, who said it would be unfair to keep Georgia under the confines of the law when his state has cleaned up its voting rights record. "But these old boys are trying to make it Constitutional enough that it will withstand the scrutiny of the Supreme Court." ...

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