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A discriminating decision

Decision on Voting Rights Act is more than a disappointment; it's an injustice

By Elizabeth Jubin Fujiwara

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 26, 2013

~~<p>The Voting Rights Act, first signed into law in 1965, was a seminal victory of the civil rights movement. American citizens withstood beatings, fire hoses and dogs to see the law passed. Some even gave their lives.</p>
<p>For decades since, the law has protected the right to vote for millions of America's citizens &mdash; regardless of faith, color or creed. While this country has made progress, it is still a long way from saying that every citizen can vote without any form of infringement. The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling gives &quot;carte blanche&quot; to states, with a history of voter suppression, to amp up the process. For example, changes in voting procedures that had required advance federal approval, including voter identification laws and restrictions on early voting, will now be subject only to after-the-fact litigation.</p>
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The Voting Rights Act, first signed into law in 1965, was a seminal victory of the civil rights movement. American citizens withstood beatings, fire hoses and dogs to see the law passed. Some even gave their lives.

For decades since, the law has protected the right to vote for millions of America's citizens — regardless of faith, color or creed. While this country has made progress, it is still a long way from saying that every citizen can vote without any form of infringement. The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling gives "carte blanche" to states, with a history of voter suppression, to amp up the process. For example, changes in voting procedures that had required advance federal approval, including voter identification laws and restrictions on early voting, will now be subject only to after-the-fact litigation. Login for more...



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