- Feb 28, 2009
VRA actually needs to go. It has been almost 50 years. Black president twice elected.. it can no longer be justified. And.. we don't need it....
I disagree. Yes, it is still necessary.
Even though gone are the days of "literacy tests" and "grandfather clauses" and other "Jim Crow" anti-voting tactics, "THEY" still try to get around the VRA.>>>>
...Shelby County, a well-to-do, mostly white bedroom community near Birmingham, adopted Roberts' arguments in its effort to have the voting rights provision declared unconstitutional.
Yet just a few years earlier, a town of nearly 12,000 people in Shelby County defied the voting rights law and prompted the intervention of the Bush Justice Department.
Ernest Montgomery won election as the only black member of the five-person Calera City Council in 2004 in a district that was almost 71 percent black. The city redrew its district lines in 2006 after new subdivisions and retail developments sprang up in the area Montgomery represented, and the change left his district with a population that was only 23 percent black.
Running against a white opponent in the now mostly white district, Montgomery narrowly lost a re-election bid in 2008. The Justice Department invalidated the election result because the city had failed to obtain advance approval of the new districts.
The case is Shelby County v. Holder, 12-96.
Shelby County, AL and other states under the VRA wanna use the same "argument" YOU ARE as JUSTIFICATION. But, what they REALLY want is to be able to do whatever they want, UN-CHECKED.
"Why we still gotta be under this "Voting Rights Bill?....Yall gotta Black President, TWICE!.....Geez! What else do yall want?!"