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Partisanship and ´Voting Rights´
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto

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Posted By:BamaMan, 8/20/2013 4:13:08 PM

Another day, another wrongheaded attack on Shelby v. Holder, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. But this one contains a bit of a surprise. Writing at Slate, Richard Hasen begins by fundamentally misstating the court´s finding: "Substituting their own judgment for that of Congress, the five justices in the Shelby County majority expressed confidence that the act´s ´preclearance´ provision was no longer necessary, and that there would be ample other tools to fight discrimination in voting." In fact, the court let stand the automatic preclearance provision, known as Section 5. Section 4, which

      


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