The sky isn't falling

Voting Rights Act intact, but it definitely needs work

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Augusta’s 1972 school desegregation order was lifted this week. A judge ruled Augusta has changed markedly, and the case’s goals had been met.

Even the plaintiffs’ attorney had agreed.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 1965 Voting Rights Act was out of date and needs work – because so much has changed in America.

As The Washington Post observed, Chief Justice John Roberts captured that fact in noting that “in 1965, white voter registration in Mississippi was nearly 70 percent and black registration stood at 6.7 percent. By 2004, a greater percentage of blacks than whites were registered to vote in the state, and that was true in five of the six states originally covered by Section 5” of the law.

Liberal reaction to the high court’s ruling was predictable, but no less disappointing. One editorial cartoon opined, ridiculously, that “Jim Crow” had been let loose from a bird cage. Other sky-is-falling pronouncements echoed through the media.

Poppycock. The Voting Rights Act is intact.

“The court did not strike down the law itself or the provision that calls for special scrutiny of states with a history of discrimination,” the Post explained. “But it said Congress must come up with a new formula based on current data to determine which states should be subject to the requirements.”

Maybe such developments aren’t a setback after all, but rather signs of progress toward King’s goal of racial equality.

And maybe those howling about it just don’t like that.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/29/13 - 06:14 am
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The Real Threat to Legal Voting

Truth is the biggest peril to legal voting is lack of voter ID. In addition thugs at the polls should be met with an Army platoon since that’s an attack on the fundamentals of the voting process and Constitution. Try turning the little hood pistols sideways and shooting at soldiers carrying BIG automatic weapons.

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deestafford 06/29/13 - 06:34 am
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You know it makes one wonder about the integrity and movtives of

Congress when uses 40 years old statistics to measure something as fluid as voting patterns. It was as if there was some intention to keep the boot of the yankee government on the necks of the South.

It is so obvious that the people who are so negative about this ruling have no true knowledge as to what the racial situation is in the South.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/29/13 - 06:55 am
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The Voting Rights Act became

The Voting Rights Act became discriminatory itself when the Attorney General instructed the Justice Department to not investigate complaints from non-minorities. Another great example of our government selectively enforcing laws and using laws as a weapon against certain segments of the population.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/29/13 - 07:58 am
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The government does not want free thinking blacks or whites.
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People that think for themselves are dangerous to tyrants.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 06/29/13 - 11:31 am
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No, the real threats to democracy in Georgia are
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a corrupt ruling class, an incompetent opposition, and legions of low-information and (worse) single-issue voters who'll believe everything they're told.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 06/29/13 - 05:07 pm
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Sky is falling

Okay, the photo ID is a non-issue in Ga. But can anyone explain why it is that in states with GOP control they are cutting days for early voting, and eliminating some of the polling places that result in people waiting in line as long as 8 hours? How does missing a whole day from work because one has to wait in line as in FLA and OHIO prevent voter fraud?

I wish conservatives would not insult folks' intelligence by pretending to be about something they are not. People won't like it but they will appreciate the honesty. Just admit what you are doing like the PA GOP chairman did last year. He said that voter I'd would ensure that Romney would win the election.

Darby
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Darby 06/29/13 - 07:25 pm
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I'm guessing that by "certain segments

of the population" you mean anyone who does not vote Democrat.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 06/29/13 - 08:14 pm
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Truth says Vote Early

Truth says Vote Early ....Vote Often.... No ID required. Unless you are at the DMV, or the Bank, or paying with a credit card.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 06/30/13 - 12:57 am
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@gage

Oops!
I started to respond but after re-reading your comment I realize you are addressing someone else because I said none of what you claim.

I beg your pardon.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 06/30/13 - 10:18 am
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Truth do you support voter ID

Truth do you support voter ID requirements? I'm fairly certain your previous post indicates your position. (Queue the disenfranchised elderly minority voter rhetoric)

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