Democrats Respond To SCOTUS Rulings By Looking At Applying Voting Rights Act Sec. 4 To All 50 States

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House Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) said that Democrats are looking astatine applying a cardinal portion of the Voting Rights Act to each 50 states aft SCOTUS elector suppression rulings.


House Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) says Democrats are looking astatine applying the Voting Rights Act, specifically sec. 4 to each 50 states successful effect to the GOP elector suppression laws and the Supreme Court's anti-voting decisions.

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Rep. Clyburn said connected MSNBC’s MTP Daily:

Well, erstwhile it comes to HR 4, you’re perfectly correct, and the crushed is it’s lone present that so galore states are demonstrating that it has preclearance. 48 states person passed something that we mightiness telephone restrictive laws erstwhile it comes to voting. 

Way backmost erstwhile we archetypal passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, I think it was lone astir seven states, possibly 5 oregon six total states and possibly astir two states that were — truthful this opening up a caller avenue for america and truthful what we’re doing here, with Section 4, is we’re looking at whether oregon not the law applies to each 50 states which would beryllium a large change, and now 48 states person demonstrated that maybe they should beryllium subjected to preclearance truthful

I would vote that legislature would determination before our others interruption to deal with S 1 and HR 4, and I don’t know that you person to person all of the records you’re trying to develop if it were to use to all 50 states. It’s so, enactment preclearance into HR 1, and you’ll person fundamentally what we’re looking for. 

Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act requires states that are subjected to the instrumentality to get preclearance from the national authorities earlier they alteration their voting laws.

One of the large complaints from Republicans and 1 of the pretenses that the Supreme Court utilized to gut the Voting Rights Act was that it was not universally applied. Democrats are looking astatine changing that aft 48 states person passed elector suppression laws.

The connection from Democrats to the Supreme Court and Republicans is that if they privation to gut voting rights, Democrats volition springiness the national authorities oversight of voting rights laws successful each state.

Democrats are committed to protecting ideology from seashore to seashore due to the fact that state doesn’t halt astatine the authorities line.

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