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Home Issue Index Issue: Environmental Regulation

Environmental Regulation

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SUPPORTERS ARGUE

Though members of minority groups do not face blatant or overt discrimination at the polls as they did in the past, subtle changes to voting procedures continue to threaten minority voting rights. The Voting Rights Act's preclearance requirement deters discriminatory practices, ensuring that African Americans and members of other groups retain their political voice and right to vote. The Supreme Court was wrong to effectively void the Voting Rights Act's preclearance requirement.

OPPONENTS ARGUE

State and local governments have made great strides in eliminating the kind of institutional racism that threatens to disenfranchise minority voters, and the strong-arm tactics of the Voting Rights Act are no longer necessary. Congress has burdened some states and jurisdictions with the preclearance requirement based on outdated data, failing to recognize the progress those states have made in race relations. The Supreme Court was right to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional.