WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says there’s no question that voting discrimination still exists today.
But she says today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act gets rid of the tool that “proved to be best suited to block that discrimination.”
On behalf of the four justices who voted in the minority today, Ginsburg wrote a sharply-worded dissent denouncing what she called the “demolition” of the Voting Rights Act.
Ginsburg said the law is still necessary to protect against what she described as less apparent “second-generation” barriers to voting. As an example, she pointed to a switch to at-large voting from a district-by-district approach in a city with a sizeable black minority. She wrote that the at-large system lets the majority “control the election of each city council member,” and she says that eliminates “the potency of the minority’s votes.”
GRAPHICSBANK: US Supreme Court building on texture with VOTING RIGHTS ACT lettering, finished graphic (25 Jun 2013)