“To use the analogy of criminal law, that would mean that all the federal government would have to do is accuse a defendant of committing a crime, and at that point it would be up to the defendant to prove himself innocent or go to jail!
States would thus be guilty until they could prove themselves innocent – an extraordinary reversal of over 200 years of American law.
The proposed metrics that would be used to decide which states would be subject to the preclearance process with the federal government are designed to result in covering the entire country. The reason for the original Voting Rights Act was primarily to fix racist exclusionary laws in the South. So the implications of the currently proposed bill are that, not only is the South still somehow blocking minorities from participating in elections, but that the rest of the country has become so oppressive of the voting rights of minorities that every single state needs to be regulated by the federal government too.
The purpose of H.R. 4 is not to protect voting rights, it is to stop voting reforms going on in the states that are making our elections more transparent, secure and accountable.
Those underlying assumptions simply defy the reality of America in the last 50-plus years.
Only two states have both higher voter registration among Black voters than White voters and had higher voter turnout of Black voters than White voters in 2020. Guess which two states?
Mississippi and Tennessee.
The worst state in America? Massachusetts. ” foxnews
Comment: Well, well pilgrim turcopoles, does this mean that the Deep North land founded by my ancestors will be subject to federal election regulation? I’ll bet you a hundred bucks that it does NOT mean that. The question will simply be re-formulated. pl
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