News sources, including USA Today, are reporting on a profound decision the other day handed down by the Supreme Court.
The high court freed states and municipalities with a history of racial discrimination from having to clear voting changes with the federal government.
… Declaring that “our country has changed in the past 50 years,” Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s four other conservatives said the 1965 law cannot be enforced unless Congress updates it to account for a half-century of civil rights advances.
The court’s 5-4 ruling in the case from Alabama frees states and municipalities with a history of racial discrimination from having to clear changes in voting procedures with the federal government. That restriction has applied to nine states and parts of six others, mostly in the South.
“Coverage today is based on decades-old data and eradicated practices,” Roberts said. “Our country has changed, and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions,” he wrote.
This is enormous news for Georgia. Racial issues have been highly divisive when determining voting districts during reapportionment and changing things such as the number of board members, etc. As far as we can tell, this only effects pre-clearance of the district lines. This may not change some of the already bizarre, squiggly district borders such as the ones drawn up by Walker and Thurmond years ago. But by and large, the decision is not clear to us. Anyone care to weigh in?
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