This week’s Heartlander is the American Voter. The Supreme Court has decided, divided, that certain oversight mechanisms of the 1965 Voting Rights Act are no longer appropriate.
Um, Florida called. It lost its copy of Bush v. Gore and was hoping you could send another one. :*
Point taken. I haven’t read the whole thing and no one has “studied” the decision yet because it just came out this week. Somehow, you wouldn’t think voting and registering to vote would be that hard, yet as anyone over the age of about 25 in this country can testify to, sometimes it is hard. Sometimes it take a couple of months to find out who the President is. Or the Governor.
Of course, it’s not just hard in all or part of sixteen states. And maybe that’s the rub. Maybe this is a kick in the backside to say, we need more than “preclearance”, we need more than all or part of sixteen states. Like how about all fifty and the District of Columbia. And the Territories.
So, maybe it is time for more than a mechanical reauthorization of a fifty year old piece of legislation. Maybe people really need to make sure that registration and voting happens in their town, their state, their country correctly and demand better. For everyone, everywhere.
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. (By some reports, attributable to no one in particular.)