The Chief Justice’s Long Game

16 June 2013 |permalink | email article

The court’s hubris on voting demands a legislative response. Chief Justice John G. Roberts writes that Tuesday’s decision has real consequences. His attitude is quite simple. “Regardless of how we look at the record , “no one can fairly say it shows anything approaching the ‘pervasive,’ ‘flagrant,’ ‘widespread,’ and ‘rampant discrimination ’ in the past. If that’s true, it’s because the Voting Rights Act works.

So here’s what’s going to happen now. Texas has already announced that it will put voter-ID law into effect, , a law that was put on hold under Section 5 awaiting Supreme Court review. Richard L. Hasen, a professor of law and political science at UC, Irvine, suggests that the ball is now in Congress’s court . If House Republicans don’t want to alienate minority voters further, they will stop discriminatory voter-ID laws or to require nonpartisan redistricting, particularly when some of its members believe these laws help them get elected. 

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