The DNC brought two lawsuits against the Terrible Sand Kingdom of Arizonastan —and the Republican Party thereof— over two Arizona laws that make it more difficult to vote. Both laws were struck down by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for discriminating against Native American, Black, and Latino voters. And this queues up the Voting Rights Act of 1965 for another bashing.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the 5-4 majority opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, effectively gutting Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which required states with a history of discrimination to obtain the permission of the federal government or the courts before enacting new laws related to voting. And thus the hounds were set loose.
Roberts’ new target is Section 2 of the VRA, which says that no voting regulation can be imposed that “results in a denial or abridgement of the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.”
Striking it would allow Republicans to enact new voting restrictions aimed at disenfranchising voters of color. I can almost hear the gentle moans of Republicans fondling their sheets before putting them on.
And now with a 6-3 majority on the SCOTUS, the Coup Klux Klan thinks its day of jubilee is here (h/t Brother Charlie Pierce).
UPDATE 1: Axios morning email thingie has a related story:
Civil rights advocates are preparing to mark the anniversary of Selma’s “Bloody Sunday” — Mar 7, 1965 — without the late Rep. John Lewis, and as the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death approaches, Axios race and justice reporter Russell Contreras writes.
- Why it matters: Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) told Axios he hopes the virtual events “rekindle the flame and legacy of John Lewis” for a new generation of advocates, and called for Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
UPDATE 2: Politico Morning email thingie
1) H.R. 1, the For the People Act — Last Congress, not a single Republican voted for the election reform measure that would expand voting rights, limit dark money in politics and curb gerrymandering. And that was before everyone at CPAC unloaded on it. Even DONALD TRUMP mentioned H.R. 1 in his speech Sunday night. And Fox News is reporting on GOP outside groups attacking vulnerable Democrats for backing parts of the bill.
Schumer has promised to put the Senate companion bill on the floor. But with Republicans around the nation looking to curb access to voting, don’t hold your breath.