I assume you all know that our topic for next Monday was before the Supreme Court today. The Court heard oral arguments on a challenge to the Voting Rights Act. Over the next few days, I’ll do the usual pre-meeting post with information/links about the case and the issues to be decided. I’ll probably do more than one. In the meanwhile, here are a few quick news stories on what happened at the Court today. It looks bad for the main enforcement provision of the VRA, Section five’s “pre-clearance” procedure. I think we should expand our discussion on Monday to include how voting rights can be protected if Section 5 is struck down.
- From McClatchy news service.
- From Slate: A very clear explanation of the case and what both sides were arguing.