ICYMI: Strengthening the Voting Rights Act

op-edMy latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. In it, I took a look at the changes to the Voting Rights Act that have been introduced in the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (pdf).

One of the more insightful summaries of the bill can be found here. Take note of the update in the article regarding voter ID laws being carved out, which has caused much angst among those who are opposed to such laws. The initial reports of it were in error – and those reports remain all over the internet.

This bill will not see the light of day unless Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte allows it. I think the bill is a reasonable one and deserves a hearing.

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One thought on “ICYMI: Strengthening the Voting Rights Act

  1. Since English proficiency is a requirement of naturalization, I do not see the need to add “membership in a language minority group”.

    Also, since the previous restrictions were ruled unconstitutional, wouldn’t this bill, which penalizes infractions going back fifteen years and NOW applying a penalty, be an ex post facto law?

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