A black conservative organization is pleased that the Supreme
Court has agreed to review a controversial section of the Voting
Rights Act, which it believes is outdated and unfair to a number of
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case Shelby County
Alabama v. Eric H. Holder Jr. At issue is the
constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which
treats modern-day state and local government decisions as if they
were made by the Dixiecrats of long ago. Specifically, the
plaintiff contends that the "Preclearance" Standard is now being
enforced in Shelby County, Alabama, as if George Wallace was still
governor -- as he was from the early 1960s through the late 1980s.
David Almasi is a spokesman for Project 21, which has filed an amicus brief in
favor of the plaintiff. He says Congress should have amended this
statute in 2006 when they reauthorized the Voting Rights Act until
2031. He says the Obama administration has taken advantage of
Section 5 to prevent states like Texas and South Carolina from
passing voter ID laws.
"Of course, that could go either way, and they want to make sure
that people realize that either it is constitutional to continue to
hold perceptions from generations ago or that things need to be
changed, he tells OneNewsNow.
"They need to see that Congress refused to do its job back in
2006, and they're going to strike down the portion of the act that
says [basically that] You have to judge a locality by what
happened decades and decades ago."
Almasi says the high court is not expected to hear arguments on
the case until the fall of 2013 and will not issue a ruling until
June of 2014.