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Old 02-28-2013, 11:22 AM   #6
Rhumb
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Originally Posted by casino is no lie View Post
Either keep it in place or move towards Federally set election laws that all States must abide by. Voter suppression is a reality and it was evident in tactics used by the GOP in 2012.
There are indeed broader parts (Section 7?) of the Voting Rights Act that do essentially apply across the nation, but also specific targeted parts (Section 5?) that preemptively apply to states and municipalities that have a factual proven record of voter rights suppression in all its various forms, be they overtly (poll taxes, literacy rules) or more subvertly (too many to list, which is the very point of this provision).

However, the long list of recent significant violations indicates that this is a present problem that still requires being addressed by all the appropriate sections of the Voting Rights Act. Of course, should states evidence a compliance with the provisions of the Voting Rights Act, they can then be relieved of Section 5 requirements.

PS, this isn't specifically a southern states issue as various municipalities in other areas of the country fall under the various provisions too, even if southern state are by far the most egregious offenders past and present.
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