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LDF Lawyer Discusses Supreme Court Argument Concerning the Voting Rights Act on Politics Nation w/ Rev. Al Sharpton2/27/13
Sherrilyn Ifill, LDF's Director-Counsel, appears on PBS NewsHour with host Judy Woodruff, and explains that Section 5, the "preclearance" section and heart of the Voting Rights Act, remains vital today. Section 5 protects the rights of voters of color who live in places with the worst and most persistent history of voting discrimination.
The Supreme Court almost never says why it refuses to take a case. On Monday, however, when the court denied a petition from the man convicted in Calhoun v. United States, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined by Justice Stephen Breyer, issued a rare explanatory statement.
The Washington Post editorial, "The Voting Rights Act's work isn't finished," lauds the Act as "one of this country's foremost accomplishments." The editorial also recognizes that the VRA's objective -- to "stamp out the varied and shifting strategies local officials used to prevent African Americans from voting" -- includes blocking continued efforts by officials to dilute minority voting strength. It is, as LDF's brief contends, "new poison in old bottles."