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Conservative Justices Question Need For Voting Law

Conservative Justices Question Need For Voting Law

February 27th, 2013
12:31 PM ET
Posted by CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears

Washington (CNN) - A predictably divided Supreme Court appeared ready to strike down – at least in part – the key enforcement provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, with many conservative justices on Wednesday suggesting it was a constitutionally unnecessary vestige of the civil rights era.

Known as Section 5, it gives the federal government open-ended oversight of states and localities mostly in the South with a history of voter discrimination.

Any changes in voting laws and procedures in all or parts of 16 covered states must be "pre-cleared" with Washington. That could include something as simple as moving a polling place temporarily across the street.

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I have a Congressional Record from 1879...

...that seems to address a Democrats objection to the Republicans trying to do the same thing during/after reconstruction(Federal laws being crafted to interfere, supersede already sufficient state laws regarding providing for their own election rules)...

It was called the Southard Amendment, telling the party of the victors of the civil war to back off....again...

I'm not a big fan of the 14th, but doesn't this smack of a

textbook in your face violation of "equal protection of the laws?"