THIS IS WORTH YOUR TIME AND OUTRAGE
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court struck down a vital provision of the historic Voting Rights Act.
The Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 (during the Jim Crow era) to protect minority voters against discrimination such as poll taxes, literacy tests, and intimidation at the ballot box.
The legislation gave the federal government, and specifically the Department of Justice, the right to review local voting procedure and monitor elections in certain states and Congressional districts with poor histories of discrimination.
Since the bill’s passage, it has blocked over 1,500 discriminatory voting laws.
The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the criteria for determining which districts should have federal oversight is outdated.
WHY WE SHOULD CARE
States can implement whatever voting policy they want, until Congress agrees on new criteria for who should be monitored.
Dozens of states are still trying to pass laws that make voting more difficult– whether through eliminating early voting periods, requiring only a few allowable forms of voter ID, ending same-day voter registration, or by not distributing enough voting machines, which results in long lines.
OUR TIME OPINION
Too many people have fought and died for the right to vote, and when any eligible American citizen is disenfranchised, it is an assault on all of our rights.