Supreme Court issues decision on Voting Rights Act of 1965

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voteWASHINGTON, DC – Fifty years ago, scenes of racism and voter discrimination in parts of the Deep South led to the signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Among the provisions of the act, Texas, most southern states, and even Alaska had to get pre-clearance from the federal government for everything related to voting, and that included redrawing voting districts, voter ID laws, and even moving polling places.

But the Supreme Court today changed some of that.

In the 5-to-4 decision, the Court did not abolish the voting rights act, but told Congress it needs to change the formula that’s been in effect since 1965.

“The rules seem to have been that Congress was to be upheld if it was rational what they did,’ said Prof. Peter Linzer of the University of Houston Law Center. ‘Now it really looks as if the Court was looking and being a lot tougher on Congress when deciding these questions of voting.”

Mayor Parker put out a news release saying she’s concerned the decision will negatively impact the progress the country has made since the end of Jim Crow.

Before the ink was dry on the ruling, the Texas Department of Public Safety said it will now issue election identification certificates to anyone who does not have a photo ID.

Texas law now will require voters to show a valid Texas driver license, a state issued ID card, a passport, or other government documents with a photo ID, which is what opponents to the court`s decision do not want to see happen.