SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN SECTION 4 OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT, according to ScotusBlog. “Holding: Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. Its formula can no longer be used as a basis for subjecting jurisdictions to preclearance. . . . “Our decision in no way affects the permanent, nationwide ban on racial discrimination in voting found in [Section] 2. We issue no holding on [Section] 5 itself, only on the coverage formula. Congress may draft another formula based on current conditions.”UPDATE: Here’s the opinion, in PDF.
From Althouse here: “This is a case about Congress’s enumerated powers. It’s not about Congress violating rights, but the scope of its power under the 15th Amendment to enforce the right guaranteed by that amendment (the right against race discrimination in voting). This is a power to be used against state and local government, so the scope of that power implicates federalism doctrine.”
Meanwhile, a more sober take from a lawyer who actually understands this stuff.
And from the ignorant and confused corner …