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Justice Ginsburg’s Umbrella

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Justice Ginsburg’s Umbrella
By Jason Wojciechowski • Issue #2 • View online
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.

Quotable
Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Shelby County v. Holder
Briefs
Judge Blocks Trump’s Postal Service Changes Calling Them ‘Politically Motivated’
Thousands of North Carolina Votes May Be Disqualified Due to Lack of Witness Signatures
Maine high court clears way for ranked-choice voting in presidential contest - Portland Press Herald
What is Ranked Choice Voting?
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On Our Radar
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lost Her Battle to Save Voting Rights. Here's How We Can Take Up the Fight and Honor Her Legacy
Alabama Senate Candidate Tommy Tuberville Struggles To Discuss Voting Rights Act | HuffPost
US election: Trump won't commit to peaceful transfer of power - BBC News
North Carolina Is Already Rejecting Black Voters’ Mail-In Ballots More Often Than White Voters’ | FiveThirtyEight
Philly to open 17 one-stop shops to make early voting easy and safe, starting Tuesday - On top of Philly news
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