The United States lost a champion of equality and defender of voting rights in Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Two of her most scorching dissents were in Bush v. Gore — where the majority said, “The individual citizen has no federal constitutional right to vote for electors for the President of the United States,” and her defense of the Voting Rights Act.
She correctly foresaw that the erosion of the VRA would lead to widespread abuse in the form of greater restrictions including the voter ID laws that flooded states after the court struck down Section 5 of the act.
Section 5 required states and counties with a history of discrimination to submit any voting changes to the Justice Department for ‘preclearance’ before changing laws. Free from this restriction the states controlled by Republicans began limiting access to poor people and youth with less polling places in low-income communities and ID laws that recognize a gun license but not a student ID.