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A Step Toward Restoring Voting Rights (NYT barf alert)
New York Times ^ | January 18, 2014 | The Editorial Board

Posted on 01/18/2014 10:08:34 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee

Only seven months after the Supreme Court shattered the Voting Rights Act, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has come up with a bill that would go a long way toward putting it back together. If they can persuade Republicans in Congress to set aside partisanship and allow it to pass, they would begin to restore justice to a deeply damaged electoral process. It would be an ideal way to observe the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this week.

The bill is far from perfect. In particular, it does not give enough weight to the discriminatory effect of voter ID laws. But it would make it more difficult for states and localities to take other actions that reduce minority voting rights. Jurisdictions would once again be put under Justice Department supervision if they committed multiple violations of the Constitution.

All states and cities would be required to make public any last-minute changes to election practices, an improvement over current law, which requires such public notice in just a few states. And the bill would make it easier to stop harmful voting changes in court before they happen.

The Supreme Court’s decision last June struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which set the formula that determined which states and localities, based on their histories of discrimination, were required to get preapproval for voting changes from the Justice Department. The court’s majority ruled that the formula was obsolete, imposing a burden on states without proof that they still discriminate. The court invited Congress to come up with a new formula.

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Under the proposed formula, Justice Department oversight would currently apply to only four states: Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. . .

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TOPICS: Editorial; US: California; US: Georgia; US: Illinois; US: Louisiana; US: Mississippi; US: New York; US: Tennessee; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016election; abortion; california; chicago; deathpanels; demagogicparty; election2014; election2016; georgia; illinois; louisiana; memebuilding; mississippi; newyork; newyorkcity; newyorkslimes; newyorktimes; obamacare; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; scotus; tennessee; texas; voterid; votingrightsact; zerocare
This bill, if enacted, would automatically put the voting process of four states--Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi--under the control of Eric Holder's Justice Department. The bill imagines that there is widespread racial discrimination in the voting process across the country. The whole proposal absurd and outdated and likely was written in Holder's office.
1 posted on 01/18/2014 10:08:34 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The VRA IS racist and discriminatory. I am in such a legislative (Senate) district in TN, and it essentially means my vote is worthless because I am not Black, and so I have no voice or representation.


2 posted on 01/18/2014 10:19:03 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

A Step Toward Restoring Voting Rights


Eh...when did voting rights end???


3 posted on 01/18/2014 10:21:15 PM PST by RginTN
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To: Brad from Tennessee; fieldmarshaldj

I want oversight of CALI to make sure illegals aren’t voting. Of course the NY times wouldn’t be interested in that, just to making it easier for rats to steal elections.


4 posted on 01/18/2014 10:22:47 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Ah....the New York Times, always so concerned about what’s right for us here in Georgia.


5 posted on 01/18/2014 10:23:58 PM PST by The Toll
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Nobody lost their right to vote. They may have to show a photo ID to do it in some states, but I think we can all agree that is a reasonable and proper measure.


6 posted on 01/18/2014 10:24:41 PM PST by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Brad from Tennessee
It would be an ideal way to observe the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this week.

I didn't know King was such a big advocate of voter fraud. How are the "minorities" signing up for ObamaCare without some kind of I.D.? More government fraud?

7 posted on 01/18/2014 10:26:10 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where are Holder's "po folks" getting the I.D.s to sign up for ObamaCare?)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Any Republican in Congress that supports re-subjecting four southern states to unconstitutional law is an Ex-Republican in Congress.


8 posted on 01/18/2014 10:27:28 PM PST by The Toll
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Hussein and Holder couldn’t be more brazen in their agenda to make whites second-class citizens, or worse, if they ran ads on teevee saying so. The mystery to me is that so many whites, especially on the right, don’t seem to see it or take it seriously. It’s a given that the white-guilt left falls right into lockstep with it-they applaud the suicide/genocide of the white race-but why can’t the right see it? I don’t mean the elites, the elites of every stripe consider themselves sheltered from the coming storms, but why don’t the average citizens see it? How in the world did the first black president wind up being one who is engaged in a vendetta against whites? And how did a majority manage to close their eyes to it, not just once, but twice, giving him free rein to become ever more open about it in a second term?


9 posted on 01/18/2014 10:34:42 PM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: The Toll

You got that right, inasmuch as I have anything to do with it. But I’m afraid that they really don’t care, they consider themselves insulated from the chains being wound around the rest of us, just like with CommieCare.


10 posted on 01/18/2014 10:36:33 PM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

From a liberal perspective all liberals have the right to vote as many times as they wish in every election.

Any attempt to limit the election to one person, one vote is an infringement on the fundamental right of liberals to stuff the ballot box.


11 posted on 01/18/2014 10:36:51 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

IN 2006 the GOP congress under GWB re-authorized the voting rights as is with those punitive measures on ONLY the Southern conservative states, that SCOTUS overturned..

Look where it got them in 2008 and 2012.


12 posted on 01/18/2014 10:44:02 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Sponsors of the Bill Jim Sensenbrenner & Patrick Leahy


13 posted on 01/18/2014 10:49:09 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Brad from Tennessee

omfg liberal barf. mentally puking. nyt panderers.


14 posted on 01/18/2014 11:14:35 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Impy

A legitimate concern.


15 posted on 01/19/2014 1:00:11 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: Brad from Tennessee
If it's so discriminatory to have to prove your citizenship to vote, isn't is also discriminatory to prove your citizenship when applying for a passport? What happened to the right to freely travel wherever you want? (Assuming you can afford the fare, of course.)

C'mon, Justice Department, tell the State Department to put "its money" where your mouth is.

16 posted on 01/19/2014 2:41:48 AM PST by asinclair (Political hot air is a renewable energy resource)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

If voting fraud is not checked, does that not curb the voting rights of those who are eligible to vote? Is this an effort to disenfranchise eligible voters, under the guise of “restoring voting rights”? When were the voting rights taken away?


17 posted on 01/19/2014 2:47:06 AM PST by Moorings
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Times thinks voter ID discriminates. What morons. As if the very same people they’re worried about don’t need ID for a thousand other things.


18 posted on 01/19/2014 2:48:59 AM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: The Toll

Progs love democracy. This proposal wouldn’t have a chance if the states were still represented in the senate. Repeal the 17th.


19 posted on 01/19/2014 3:00:31 AM PST by Jacquerie (Article V.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

When the Communist Takeover is actually executed, the New York Times will proclaim it a “revolutionary, bold, and glorious step towards equality and fairness.”


20 posted on 01/19/2014 4:11:21 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

“they would begin to restore justice to a deeply damaged electoral process.”

Does this mean that the dead actually have to show up to cast a ballot?


21 posted on 01/19/2014 4:16:40 AM PST by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: Artie
Does this mean that the dead actually have to show up to cast a ballot?

Geez, that's just silly!

Don't be silly.

......they still get to send in Absentee ballots.

22 posted on 01/19/2014 4:21:01 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The Poor can scrape up their IDs for food stamps and other freebies, but only at the voting booth is this too great a burden. It’s very obvious that Democrats want to maintain their election fraud across the fruited plain.


23 posted on 01/19/2014 4:30:58 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Lazamataz

.they still get to send in Absentee ballots.

That would be a carve out for Chicago only.


24 posted on 01/19/2014 4:32:08 AM PST by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
One of my rights is that my vote not be made ineffective by anyone's illegal vote!
25 posted on 01/19/2014 5:29:54 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The Republicans supporting this idea must be utterly, totally rotten, thinking that they or their states can somehow profit from oppressing southern states.

Seriously, this is as repugnant as a “pro-slavery Republican”.


26 posted on 01/19/2014 6:14:46 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (There Is Still A Very Hot War On Terror, Just Not On The MSM. Rantburg.com)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> This bill, if enacted, would automatically put the voting process of four states—Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi—under the control of Eric Holder’s Justice Department.

Thanks Brad from Tennessee.


27 posted on 01/19/2014 6:43:43 AM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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