Friday, April 18, 2008

Throwback Topic: Time For A Little Voting Rights Coverage

It's been awhile since we've had a post on voting rights or VRA litigation. Via Rick Hasen's site, this post on 'The Trivialization of Voting Rights?'

I think the facts of the case in Prawfsblawg post support the contention that knee-jerk opposition to modifying the VRA is misplaced and ignorant. Here, the VRA's Section 5 preclearance process is clearly not being used for its intended purpose, but rather for partisan obstacle course construction and obstruction generally. That's not cool. And, as Rick Hills says, this trivializes voting rights and voting rights litigation. An adverse ruling could kick out legs that might have been useful in cases of actual voting rights violations.

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