Jasmeet Samra Blog 1

Today (Tuesday June 25, 2013), the Supreme Court decided to alter sections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 under which it is determined what states have to undergo federal oversight or get permission from the federal government for making changes to their voting laws.  These sections were originally put in place to ensure that blacks were not prevented from voting by whites, since that was a problem that was persistent. These states were mainly the southern states that had strong discrimination practices, such as Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Alaska, Arizona, Virginia. However, the states that were put under this extra regulation feel that it is a negative connotation that is outdated and based on facts that occurred forty years ago. The ruling that took place with a 5 to 4 vote was made by Chief Justice John Robert, and was that Congress is to re-map the states that indeed need this federal oversight due to the present conditions. This caused many critics to debate because some believe that is basically destroying or demolishing the law, others believe that the United States has changed since there are southern states that have black mayors now the act should be re-drawn based on newer facts. For instance, in the case of Alabama in 1972 there was a wide gap between white and black voters about 69 percent to 19 percent, but by 2004 this gap was almost gone with voter registration being at only 1 percent difference between whites and blacks. Also, the towns that now have black mayors were the same ones that in 1964 and 1965 killed three black men who were trying to register black voters. Therefore, it is evident that because of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 voter discrimination was successfully eliminated.  Furthermore, it is important to note that the Voting Rights Acts was used last year to stop Florida and Texas from getting rid of early voting days which if not done would have made it much more difficult for minority workers to cast a vote. Although, the future of the law now is up to Congress it seems that since this same Voting Rights Act of 1965 has been efficient and effective to providing Americans an equal chance to vote it should be kept in place as is in order to prevent the entire elimination of it. Image

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