In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The preclearance requirement in Section 5 was upheld, but the map of regions used to determine which areas of the country required to submit reapportionment proposals to the Department of Justice in the VRA’s Section 4 was struck down. The Supreme Court left it up to Congress to fix what they determined to be a broken system.

The opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts.

The court did not strike down the advance approval requirement of the law that has been used, mainly in the South, to open up polling places to minority voters in the nearly half century since it was first enacted in 1965. But they said lawmakers must update the formula for determining which parts of the country must seek Washington’s approval for election changes.

From NBC News:

Under the law, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, nine mostly Southern states must get permission from the Justice Department or a special panel of three federal judges before they make changes. The rule also applies to 12 cities and 57 counties elsewhere.

The act is considered the most important piece of civil rights legislation ever passed. Congress has renewed it four times, most recently in 2006, with overwhelming margins in both houses.

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  • WhatIThink

    Another nail in the coffin for the black political class in America. We have no more black Senators and soon black congressmen will become even more of a minority. But seeing all the things they have done for their constituents I cannot say I have sympathy.

    And the bigger picture is that the demography of the black population in the U.S. is changing. Cities and boros that were once majority black are now reversing the pattern of 40 years ago and becoming more majority white or “other”. And blacks are no longer the main “minority” in the U.S. any longer.

    In fact, black people are not even being considered as the face of civil rights any longer, as they are being replaced by LGBT, other minorities and women as the face of civil rights (only see the Affirmative Action case in front of the supreme court from yesterday).

    Overall, the statistics for African Americans have only worsened under the nations first black president and if that tells us anything, they will only continue to get worse, as the flimsy political class that only made token gestures in the past wont exist in its current state much longer.

  • Selma Remembered

    What’s more depressing? That the Supreme Court weakened our Voting Rights Act or that an article on “Self-Love” has 100+ comments while this one has less than 20?

    Our Narcissism could ruin us all! SMH!