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Report Finds Protections for Minority Voters Have Plunged Since 2013

by Axios | Updated on 9.12.18

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A blistering report released Wednesday by the bipartisan U.S. Commission on Civil Rights found that Justice Department efforts to protect minority voters' rights have significantly declined following the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision to invalidate a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act.

The backdrop: The 5-4 ruling in Shelby v. Holder prevents the DOJ from blocking voting laws in jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination. The report shows that this has paved the way for a deluge of restrictive laws that have made minorities more vulnerable to voter suppression.


The bottom line: While the DOJ has challenged discriminatory voting laws in states such as Texas and North Carolina, the agency has done little to reverse laws violating the VRA's remaining provisions, the commission wrote in the report.

  • For example, 61 lawsuits challenging discriminatory election practices were filed after 2013. Only four of those were filed by the Obama Justice Department and none have been brought under President Trump. The others were filed by private groups.

The 498-page report includes a series of recommendations to Congress, including "a streamlined remedy to review certain changes with known risks of discrimination before they take effect—not after potentially tainted elections."

  • When the Supreme Court nullified the key VRA provision, saying that racism was no longer prevalent, it had urged Congress to come up with a new formula to determine which states need federal oversight. But there hasn't been much progress from lawmakers amid a partisan deadline.

The DOJ did not immediately respond to a request from Axios for comment.

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  • Marylynn
    Voted Oppose
    09/13/2018
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    There shouldn't be any restrictions, unless the voters are breaking the law. I find this highly suspect since we have a lot of racists in the White House, Congress and Senate. Every vote counts no matter what your race or religion is.

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  • John
    09/13/2018
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    Reinstate the parts of the Voting Rights Act the court stripped out. Stop the states from passing restrictive voting and registration laws. Make Election Day a national holiday that runs over the three days of a weekend. Make absentee, mail-in, and on-line voting an easy alternative. Back-up with paper ballots.

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  • Steve
    Voted Support
    09/13/2018
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    The voter registration process should ensure that only citizens be allowed to vote. Their race, religion, or sexual orientation should have no bearing upon their right to vote. A valid ID should be presented when registering to vote, and when voting.

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  • Chickie
    09/13/2018
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    As Americans, we all have the right to vote. Yes, I agree with an unbalanced Supreme Court, with a GOP legislative body that has suddenly become silent, and with a WH that has no problem in voicing its prejudice, we need to do what we can to assist those who need help. The elderly who may need transportation. Assisting those whose English may not be their first language. It’s in the individual or grass root movements that we can make a difference.

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  • Bud
    Voted Oppose
    09/13/2018
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    100 % Voter turn out will take care of this problem.... Vote the Corruption out now ...

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  • KansasTamale
    09/13/2018
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    It’s the Supreme Court Republicans who voted to do away with protection for minorities. They started this situation and now KAVANAUGH??!?!? It’s going to be a horrible situation especially since those same republicans on the Supreme Court voted to make corporations the same as an individual. We the People don’t have a chance anymore. And now they’ve decided the corporations and big donors don’t have to be reported as donors or how much.

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  • Fg
    09/13/2018
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    Oh that Obama !

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  • JTJ
    09/13/2018
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    Democrats wish that racism was still a prevalent problem in the US, but it is not. Democrats also claim to be concerned about election integrity, but they are not. Voter ID laws are common sense.

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  • ConservativeGuy
    09/13/2018
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    Why do minority voters need protections? Aren’t all men created equally?

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  • Mary
    Voted Oppose
    09/14/2018
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    Voter registration should be made as easy as possible and elections should be held when working people can vote. Also the polling booths need to be equal. In my semi-affluent neighborhood there is no line, but I hear about people of color standing in lines forever to vote. Also, gerrymandering should be outlawed. It is anti-democratic.

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  • Mancos
    09/13/2018
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    Why am I not in the least bit surprised? This, along with the hysterical push to get lying Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court to get rid of Roe v. Wade just goes right along with this abysmal administration’s agenda and the GOP’s dependence on far right PAC money.

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  • Tammy
    09/13/2018
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    Stop voter restrictions period

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  • Jim2423
    09/13/2018
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    We are all FREE Americans and earn the right to our vote. No one should ever feel intimidated not to vote. Sounds like law enforcement is not doing their job somewhere.

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  • David
    09/13/2018
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    The Republicans are very good at voter suppression. Lincoln must be rolling in his grave.

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  • Frances
    Voted Oppose
    09/13/2018
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    If minority votes are not protected we will return to slavery. Maybe that is what the majority wants. Racism is at an all time high. This country has never truly dealt withthe effects of slavery, the domestic terrorist group KKK and associated white nationalist and Nazi groups which demonstrates this country's racist roots and current racist agenda. The reason minorites are being targeted by police and legislators is because you hate yourselves and the way you created your lives. You destroyed their lives and the lives of their descendents using the law. Then when the minorites follow the law, your racist police shoot and kill them. So by taking away their ability to vote you are saying you want slavery back. You want their labor and their taxes but you don't want their education and their free speech, their freedom of assembly, their family,or their beauty or their children. You should be ashamed. And before you say you're not racist, white people cannot have any meaningful conversation about racism until the very systems that they benefit from are completely dismantled and destroyed and real reparatians are given to the descendents of American slaves for the imprisonment, rape and murder of millions of enslaved people.

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  • Steven
    09/13/2018
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    How can that be the liberals Obama Was in power for most of the time and he only targeted conservatives. By using the IRS.

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  • Harry
    Voted Oppose
    09/13/2018
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    the way our political system operates is a national embarrassment. And we have the nerve to send observers to other countrys' elections. Observers should be at all US national elections. I vote

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  • John
    09/13/2018
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    Calling BS on this whole voter suppression issue. To vote you have to register and actually vote. You a voter registration card and a,government issued photo ID. It can’t be any easier than than to do something so important. If you can’t do this then don’t whine. We need to have controls in place to ensure that only registered voters are voting. They must be US citizens and eligible to vote. They must be who is represented on the ID and shouldn’t be dead as so many voters in the past election were. The dems talk about Russian influence but then proceed to have millions of fraudulent votes counted for their candidates. Dems, where is the outrage or just another example of democratic hypocrisy.

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  • Zoe
    Voted Oppose
    09/13/2018
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    1 person 1 vote - if you can't get elected by this simple democratic ideal, then maybe you shouldn't be elected at all. Every person deserves the right to vote, and I am ashamed at NC's gerrymandered districts and long history of voter suppression.

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  • Pat
    09/13/2018
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    The argument that gun restrictions only stop good guys from buying guns should be applied to voting restrictions. I am fearful of a government that places obstacles in the path of the people’s voice. That cannot be a longterm strategy for a party.

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  • Lynea
    09/13/2018
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    This is indefensible. All Americans should vote and have the right to vote

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