Court Takes Ax to Voting Rights Act
Says Congress needs to change it
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 25, 2013 9:49 AM CDT
People wait outside the Supreme Court in Washington as key decisions are expected to be announced Monday, June 24, 2013.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The Supreme Court dealt what looks like a mortal wound to the Voting Rights Act today, striking down the law's key enforcement metric. The court did not, as some had expected, strike down Section 5, which gives the federal government oversight over states and localities with a history of voter discrimination. Instead, in a 5-4 decision, the court's conservative justices ruled that the formula used to determine which places require oversight is out of date, CNN explains. (The Washington Post has a quick primer on the law's specifics.)

"Our country has changed," John Roberts wrote in his majority opinion, according to NBC. Congress must ensure that any law passed to fight racial discrimination "speaks to current conditions." The ruling puts the onus on Congress to re-draft the formula, and pretty much no one is optimistic about the deeply divided body's ability to do that. On Twitter, Dave Weigel voiced the conventional wisdom thusly: "SCOTUS to Congress: 'You have to pass a bill to fix this.' Congress: 'We can... pass... bills?'"

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Jun 25, 2013 7:40 PM CDT
"Our nation has changed" (& as the French saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same). Now watch it change right back to Jim Crow in the old Confederate states when it comes to voting rights LOL
Jun 25, 2013 6:35 PM CDT
Having now read the entire opinion, I realize just how specious Roberts' grounds for the decision are. In fact, no no more than seven years ago, a Republican Congress reviewed the civil rights record of the various states to which the law applied, and renewed the Act as it stood with only thirty dissenting votes in the Congress as a whole. I regret that I was taken in by the usual right wing crap. It's time to restaff SCOTUS as well.
Jun 25, 2013 5:55 PM CDT
The Roberts court is now the "Jim Crow" court. History will record this as a open door allowing even more voting restrictions than we saw in the last election. This smells worse than when these same "Crackers" gave us Citizens United. Conservatives are getting "bat shit crazy desperate" just read 1freeusa below?