25 Jun '13, 10pm

NYIC statement on #SCOTUS #VRA ruling today:

New York City SUPREME COURT IGNORES 40 YEARS OF PRECEDENT, CONGRESSIONAL INTENT TO REJECT SECTION 4 OF HISTORIC VOTING RIGHTS ACT By rejecting the formula for selecting troubled areas in section 4, the Court effectively invalidates Section 5, the provision responsible for monitoring and enforcing access to the ballot (New York, NY) Today, by a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court rejected Section 4 of the seminal Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965, effectively ending more than 40 years of government oversight that protected minorities’ rights and ensured equal access to the ballot. In 2006, the VRA was renewed by Congress with near unanimous support; some 15,000 pages of testimony highlighted the ongoing need for the VRA, which served to protect many minority and immigrant voters from insidious attempts to undermine voting rights, such as voter ID laws, racially-biased gerrymanderi...

Full article: http://www.thenyic.org/PR/VRA-6-25-13

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