It’s been a while since Raven or I have posted anything, so I guess it’s about time for a new entry. A lot has been going on in the meantime, and today the Supreme Court provided some blog-worthy material.
In a 5-4 decision today in Shelby County v. Holder, the court ruled that the formula for determining which states and local jurisdictions needed prior permission from the federal government before changing their voting laws is no longer valid and needs to be updated. This practice, known as “preclearance”, is in Section 5 of the Act. Modifying the formula will be within the purview of Congress.
While updating a section of the Voting Rights Act to reflect the way things are today instead of how they were in 1965 (when the Act was passed) might seem reasonable, some media outlets are using words such as “gutted” to describe the decision’s effect on the law.