In a 5-4 ruling with the court’s conservatives in the majority, the justices ruled that Congress had used outdated facts in continuing to force nine states, mainly in the South, to get federal approval for voting rule changes affecting blacks and other minorities.
The court ruled in favor of officials from Shelby County, Alabama, by declaring unconstitutional a section of the law – most recently updated by Congress in 2006 – that set the formula that decides which states and locales with a history of racial discrimination need federal approval to change voting laws.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Voting Rights Act, the provision that the Supreme Court ruled against mandates that certain states that have a history of being really fucking racist need federal approval before changing their voting laws. Of course, given how many voter suppression tactics were used in the 2012 election, it’s clear that this provision is still needed.
I’m scared to see what kind of underhanded tricks Republicans will try and use to steal elections in 2014. This is a painful blow to democracy.