Mar 15, 2012

Texas Arguing Voting Rights Act Is Unconstitutional

Voting Rights
Just how radical is the Republican Party's assault on voting rights?

Now, Texas is arguing that the landmark civil rights legislation, [Section 5] of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, is unconstitutional in a case that looks likely to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court

Sixteen states must in their entirety [or certain counties within these 16 states] obtain U.S. DoJ preclerance before legislation, such as those modeled on the order of Wisconsin and Texas' GOP voter obstruction laws, can be enacted because of a history of discriminatory voting practices and obstruction.

The 2006 renewal of the Voting Rights Act was championed by Wisconsin's U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner. Sensenbrenner wrote in July 2006:

There is no right more fundamental than the right to vote. It is the core of our democratic system of government, and its effective exercise preserves all other rights.
The next time the Republican Party, flacks like Rick Esenberg, and Scott Walker talk about voter ID; remember what their goal is: Obstruct the fundamental right to vote.

Sensenbrenner fully knows the GOP obstruction game. He should admit what is going on now, and challenge it as shameful and unAmerican.

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