What Has Happened
The Supreme Court of the United States of America made a 5-4 vote on the removal of section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 "freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval"
The Supreme Court argued that "At the core of the disagreement was whether racial minorities continued to face barriers to voting in states with a history of discrimination." (Source)
What is Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965?
Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 set a formula to identify areas of discrimination in voting and provided "more stringent remedies where appropriate.
Section 4(e) provides that the right to register and vote may not be denied to those individuals who have completed the sixth grade in a public school, such as those in Puerto Rico, where the predominant classroom language is a language other than English. In Section 4(f), the Act addresses the ability of those persons who are members of language minority groups identified in Section 4(f)(2), to register and vote as well as to get information relating to the electoral process in a manner that will ensure their meaningful participation in the electoral process.
Smaller components of Section 4 include protections for voters with limited English skills to ensure they are able to register and vote as well as receive materials on the electoral process in a language which they will understand." (Source)
Section 4 also "determined which states must receive clearance from the Justice Department or a federal court in Washington before they made minor changes to voting procedures, like moving a polling place, or major ones, like redrawing electoral districts." (Source)
Why You Should Sign This Petition
The people who made this decision did not stop to think that maybe the reason racial discrimination in voting wasn't as prevalent (because it is there) is because of section 4 being in place.
There is still racial discrimination in America and by throwing out section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, people of color are at risk of racial discrimination at the voting polls.
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