For all those who have started calling for a Voters Rights Amendment, please don’t waste your time.
The 14th, 15th and 19th Amendments already guarantee the right to vote to all citizens and define who citizens are. Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a blatant violation of those Amendments.
Besides, you will never get the GOP-controlled House of Reps to pass anything that takes away their party’s current unfair advantage (control of the voting rolls, which the GOP is busily purging of Democratic voters). And we have never had a Constitutional Amendment passed by any method other than going through Congress first. Sure, it COULD be done — but the likelihood is very slim.
If what I have read is correct, SCOTUS threw out the formula for deciding when the Feds have to pre-clear voting changes. They left in place the requirement, but, without a formula for when it applies, it is useless.
Well, how about this as a new formula — ALL VOTING CHANGES THAT AFFECT ANYONE HAVE TO BE PRE-CLEARED. Period. Simple & enforceable.
States from coast to coast (especially states with GOP governors and/or GOP-controlled legislatures) have been playing fast and loose with the rights of citizens to vote since before W was elected.
It is not just the former Confederacy that should be under the Civil Rights Act — it should be applied to the entire country. That is the formula.
Now, lobby the heck out of your Congress-critters to make it happen.