Voting Rights Act changes

11Mar09

 supreme-court-justices

The U.S. Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act of 1965 this week with its new ruling, which now allows race to be considered in drawing electoral boundaries only when minority voters represent 50% of a single district. Black people were hurt by this ruling, which reverses a measure that was meant to help minorities elect their candidate, even with less than a majority among voters in the district, by encouraging coalition-building with non-minority groups and preventing voter dilution. The 5 – 4 decision, written by right wing Justice Anthony Kennedy, may make it harder for minority candidates, especially in the South, especially among Dems, to win elections after the 2010 Census, when legistators create new congressional voting districts.

They’re trying to keep us from re-electing Obama.

Speak your peace.



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