Judge turns aside challenge to Voting Rights Act
David Ingram ContactAll Articles
The National Law Journal
September 21, 2011
A federal judge in Washington ruled on Sept. 21 that Congress acted within its authority in 2006 when it extended the Voting Rights Act, including a section that requires some states and localities to get permission before changing how they run their elections.
The opinion by U.S. District Judge John Bates was a victory for civil rights advocates and for members of Congress who supported the act’s renewal. Bates described the nearly 20 hearings and 15,000-page record that lawmakers compiled leading up to the renewal — a record that Bates wrote demonstrated the continued existence of racial discrimination.
Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, requiring preclearance of election changes by the Justice Department or a three-judge panel, has been under intense scrutiny. In 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court sidestepped the question of the section’s constitutionality, but warned that it raised “serious constitutional questions.”
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
Voting Rights Act Withstands a Challenge in the Deep South
The days of men wearing hoods and burning crosses seem to have mostly passed here in the Deep South. But they have been replaced by the days of men filing dubious lawsuits, funded by mysterious organizations.
That seems to be the take-home lesson from an effort in Shelby County, Alabama, to free itself from U.S. Justice Department oversight of its elections. The Shelby County Commission, in a lawsuit funded by a shadowy nonprofit group, claimed that portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were unnecessary, burdensome, and unfair.
A federal judge yesterday ruled against Shelby County, finding that Congress had ample evidence that minority rights at the ballot box need continued monitoring. Congress voted overwhelmingly in 2006 to extend the Voting Rights Act for another 25 years. Shelby County’s lawsuit challenged that decision, but U.S. District Judge John Bates said Congress was well within its rights.
“While We Were Sleeping”
Orwell Rolls In His Grave, featuring MCM – Buy the DVD
About News From Underground
News From Underground is a daily e-news service run by Mark Crispin Miller, a Professor of Culture and Communication at NYU. It is based on his belief that academics, like reporters, have a civic obligation to help keep the people well-informed, so that American democracy might finally work.
If you'd like to receive updates delivered to your inbox daily, sign up for News From Underground Alerts:
Help News From Underground!
Message from Mark: "I am a one-man operation, although assisted greatly by some volunteers, and, now and then, by people paid by others for one-time projects. There is no shortage of skilled, dedicated folks out there who want to help me. There is, however, nothing I can pay them with, unless you decide you can contribute something."
Please donate via the PayPal button above or via PayPal by email to: email@example.com
- How Australia plans to keep its vaccinated children safe from illnesses that they can’t catch
- On the mass delusion now afflicting liberals (and putting all of us at risk)
- There’s actually more evidence in Pizzagate than there is in “Russia-gate.”
- NYU is built for WAR! (Who knew?)
- HuffPost ran this strong defense of Bobby Kennedy, Jr.—then took it down just minutes later.
- Contact Lou Dobbs on
- Forbidden Bookshelf on
- Top US spooks see NO “conclusive evidence” of Russian hacking in Election 2016 on
- How blaming Trump’s “election” on the Russians could force Hillary on us after all—and end US democracy for good… on
- Election theft in Michigan and Florida may have been more dramatic than we think… on
- The strange death of Nancy Schaefer (two items)
- There's actually more evidence in Pizzagate than there is in "Russia-gate."
- Don't buy these products from Koch Industries!
- Forbidden Bookshelf
- Update on the strange death of Nancy Schaefer
- Suburban Guerrilla
- The Ostroy Report
- Online Journal
- t r u t h o u t
- Citizens for Legitimate Government
- Thom Hartmann
- William Betz
- Words of Power
- Evil GOP Bastards
- The International Human Press
- Talking Points Memo
- The Existentialist Cowboy
- Democratic Undergroud
- Election Defense Alliance
- Media Matters
- Barry Gordon
- Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting
- Mainstream Baptist
- Cody Lyon
- Early America
Need a bigger font size?
- Your link could be here too, contact us for pricing details.