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Thursday, July 25, 2013

More fallout from U.S. Supreme Court gutting of voting rights law

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 4:05 PM

A challenge of a Florida voter purge has been dismissed because of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gutted the voting rights act.

The controversial purge produced a list that was 61 percent Hispanic when only 14 percent of Florida voters are Hispanic.

A federal court has dismissed the ACLU lawsuit because the Supreme Court ruling struck down the portion of the law that required Florida to get pre-clearance for state election actions.

The ACLU of Florida director Howard Simon said the decision is further proof that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling "has taken away one of the primary tools we have used to challenge efforts to undermine democracy by suppressing minority votes.”

Pre-clearance is not required in Arkansas. Thus, the Republican majority legislature can move ahead with Voter ID laws aimed at suppressing minority votes. However, a legal challenge is in the works on state constitutional grounds as well as core principles of equal protection.

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