Supreme Court to weigh divisive voting rights case
February 22nd, 2013
01:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Supreme Court to weigh divisive voting rights case

Columbiana, Alabama (CNN) – Shelby County is booming. The Birmingham suburb is lined with strip malls, subdivisions, and small factories, in what was once sleepy farmland. The population has grown fivefold since 1970 to about 200,000. Change in this bedroom community is afoot, at least on the surface.

But the federal government thinks an underlying threat of discrimination remains throughout Alabama and other parts of the country in perhaps the most hard-fought franchise in the Constitution: The right to vote.

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  1. much thunder.little rain

    the reason for growth is these towns is that people dont want to live in high crime cities, with sub par schools, and they have a work ethic....its not skin color...they just want the american dream...

    February 22, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. rs

    Where Republicans are in charge, there are voting rights restrictions. The Court should let the oversight stand to prevent further discrimination.

    February 22, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    The 5th clause of the voting rights act should not only be retained, it should be extended everywhere. It's a disgrace when the chairman of a state Republican Party [PA] can stand up in front of the audience at their state convention and brag about "voting rights, done". It's a disgrace when he continues on to describe how that legislation will make a difference in the upcoming general election and deliver the state to Mitt Romney. What was done in PA and other states should be put to an end.

    February 22, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. just sayin

    all of this bogus bs needs to be gotten rid of. if the feds think there is discrimnation then they should have to prove it in a court of law. otherwise this is all just the federal governments jack booted foot on the throats of states and the people that live there.

    February 22, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. just askin

    what about all the voting rights of people in ohio, where they are now finding many people that voted multiple times? they interviewed a black woman on tv who proudly proclaimed she voted twice and officials suspect as mnay as four more absentee ballots were mailed from her address. wake up america. your elections are being stolen as long as there is no voter id required to vote.

    February 22, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    ust sayin

    all of this bogus bs needs to be gotten rid of. if the feds think there is discrimnation then they should have to prove it in a court of law. otherwise this is all just the federal governments jack booted foot on the throats of states and the people that live there.
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    Reality Check: The Voter ID laws were challenged in a court of law, and they were defeated.

    "Nice try, but we gotcha."

    February 22, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. just sayin

    Rudy NYC
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    Reality Check: The Voter ID laws were challenged in a court of law, and they were defeated
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    "In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a voter identification law passed by Indiana, leading many experts to conclude that it would be hard to challenge such laws in court.
    Since the last presidential election in 2008, some 15 states have passed or tightened legislation requiring people to identify themselves before voting."

    "Nice try, but you're lying as usual."

    February 22, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    just askin

    what about all the voting rights of people in ohio, where they are now finding many people that voted multiple times? they interviewed a black woman on tv who proudly proclaimed she voted twice and officials suspect as mnay as four more absentee ballots were mailed from her address
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    Assuming your story is true, just what exactly do absentee ballots have to do with Voter IDs at the ballot box, and reduced early voting hours? You know, the recent changes enacted by Republicans that caused the long lines in the first place.

    February 22, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Betty

    Everyone should have the right to vote without any id as long you are in the us legally. The Tea Party should be recall

    February 22, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Is Section 5 putting undue stress on the state's budget in order to keep them compliant? I don't see why they are fighting so hard to get rid of something that they are in compliance with. I mean If you're doing the right thing, and allowing people to excercise their right to vote without roadblocks, and early closing of polls, insufficient polling places based on the number of voters, not asking for ID's NOT required of others or by law, if you're doing all the right things then what difference does it make if it is government mandated?
    What was it that those Justices said so many decades ago? Something about an ingenious propensity for getting around the Constitution.
    The more things change the more they stay the same Alabama.
    You haven't changed.

    February 22, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    It's sad, but despite all the attempts over the past couple years by the GOP/Teatrolls to use restrictive, inequitable voter ID laws, redistricting, attacks on the electoral college, paranoid delusional demagoguery about the myth of "pervasive voter fraud," voter registration purges and gross inconveniences like massive delays to suppress and dilute minority votes...despite the fact that these efforts started to appear OUTSIDE of states subject to Section 5, representing an effort to exapnd such efforts beyond the states that traditionally and historically discriminated in these way....THIS is what Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Kennedy and Thomas are going to say: "this is a brave new world we live in...a wonderous post-racial Amurika in which parity has been achieved and a black man became POTUS and minorities hold office in unprecedented numbers." Guaranteed.

    Section 5 should be expanded to ALL states. Their efforts reached beyond the borders of states like TX and SC over the past few years. You want equal treatment for TX and others? THAT is how it should be achieved.

    February 22, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |