Nancy Pelosi, House Dem leaders brainstorm ways to restore Voting Rights Act after SCOTUS decision

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Thank you Nancy Pelosi, for moving quickly to try to undo the damage that the Supreme Court inflicted on democracy. Key word: try. Unfortunately, there is no easy fix.

Via The Hill:

House Democratic leaders met Friday to brainstorm ways to restore the Voting Rights Act following the Supreme Court decision that voided the law's central provisions.

Assembled in the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the lawmakers reached no conclusions about a specific fix, according to sources familiar with the talks, though they outlined a legislative strategy that features outreach to Republicans sympathetic to their cause.

Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.) and James Sensenbrenner (Wis.) both promised "to work to ensure that the court's decision does not diminish minority voting rights." I posted "Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) calls for update of Voting Rights Act" a few days ago along with a hunk of skepticism.

Pelosi has appointed Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), a veteran of the civil rights struggle and the third-ranking Democrat in the House, to lead the Democrats' effort. Clyburn this week said the court's decision would likely empower conservative states — including his own — to launch redistricting efforts designed to marginalize minority voters, who tend to vote Democratic.

Excellent choice. And he's absolutely right, unfortunately. It's all about eliminating voters who support women's rights, gay rights, voting rights, reproductive rights, health care access, labor unions, public education, equal rights in general... all Democratic causes.

Of course, some conservatives in Congress think there is no discrimination any more, that it's all gone, poof! Like magic! Aren't they precious? Those would be the same conservatives who support restrictive Voter I.D. laws, cutting early voting, and other disenfranchisement and suppression measures, because, see, we're in a "post racial" era, see. Clearly, when something works as well as the Voting Rights Act, dump it. Duh.

However, per The Hill, some liberals are already wanting to include even more states than the original law did in 1965, states like Ohio.

When you add all this up, it leads to one (sadly) familiar conclusion: Stalemate.

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  • differentdrummer

    Yes, that exactly. John Roberts wants "equal sovereignty"? Let's give it to him. EVERY jurisdiction should have to pre-clear. Can't get more equal than that.

  • sqeptiq

    Probably the best thing to do is subject all states to preclearance for sake of non-discrimination.