SCOTUS Decision: It Will Be A Bumpy Ride


This is America, and it is dying by inches of stupidity and greed before our very eyes. — William Rivers Pitt

From the Charlotte Observer:

RALEIGH Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act could have far-reaching effects in North Carolina – affecting everything from voting districts to voter ID legislation.


The court effectively struck down a key part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Though it left intact Section 5, which gives the Justice Department special oversight over voting laws in some states, it nullified the formula on which that oversight is based.

No problemo, right? Racism is dead, dammit. Assertions to the contrary are just a lib’rul plot to smear tea party conservatives. Ask Paula Deen.


  1. Mim Toffitt says:

    Yeah, history is meaningless unless you are using it as an excuse to take stuff.

  2. Gordon Smith says:

    DOMA unconstitutional.

    Prop 8 kicked back to Cali.

  3. Doug Gibson says:


    What would be the measurable criteria that they could meet that would finally get them off our national shit list-that no resident of that state have racist thoughts?

    Um, well, there’s this

    A jurisdiction can be removed from the preclearance requirement by a process called “bailout.” The bailout provision can apply to individual counties, and requires that jurisdictions demonstrate nondiscriminatory behavior for ten years prior to filing as well as affirmative steps taken to improve minority voting.

    But, hey, I’m not a lawyer, so maybe “A jurisdiction can be removed from the preclearance requirement” doesn’t mean what I think it does.

  4. RHS says:

    “I am by no means a Chief Justice Roberts fan, but I believe that he was correct when he wrote: “In 1965, the formula made sense. In Mississippi, for instance, 69.9% of whites were registered to vote, compared to 6.7% of blacks. In 2004, by contrast, black registration in Mississippi actually exceeded that of whites, 76.1% compared to 72.3%.”

    And those figures owe a lot to the Voting Rights Act and the portion the court overturned after nearly 50 years of precedent. Of course it is just a coincidence that many of these same states are falling all over themselves to enact voter ID laws aimed at suppressing minority voting, but at least after all this time we found something Sue actually approves of.

  5. Keith Thomson says:

    Even if all minorities were to be allowed to register, and vote, without long lines, but are packed through gerrymandering into spider shaped districts designed to assure their elected representatives are a permanent minority in their states’ governing bodies, they no longer will have the Voting Rights Act to measure the impact or to protect them, and their allies, from the loss of checks and balances. Drip, drip, drip. The slippery slope to 1965 is paved with Sue’s intentions.