Do You Agree With the Supreme Court’s Decision in Striking Down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act? [POLL]
It has been a busy and historic week at the Supreme Court. Yesterday, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. Section 4 had to deal with the formulas that determine which states have to get pre-clearance when changing voting laws. According to the Texas Tribune:
Section 4 applies to the formulas that determine which territories are subject to preclearance by Congress under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, including Texas. Section 5 is the reason the state’s legislative and congressional district maps, as well as its voter ID law, have been on hold or subject to court battles.
The court ruled in an Alabama case, Shelby County v. Holder, that the formulas used to determine whether voting laws should be reviewed should no longer apply.
“Congress did not use the record it compiled to shape a coverage formula grounded in current conditions,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the 5-4 opinion. “It instead re-enacted a formula based on 40-year-old facts having no logical relationship to the present day.”
What do you think about the Supreme Court’s ruling? Do you agree with it or disagree?