Voting Rights Act Up For Debate

Thursday, April 30, 2009

One of the key decisions facing the Supreme Court this year has to do with a central provision of the Voting Rights Act. Debo Adegbile of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund argued the case before the court yesterday; Abigail Thernstrom, of the Manhattan Institute and the US Commission on Civil Rights, is the author of the forthcoming book Voting Rights--And Wrongs: The Illusive Quest for Racially Fair Elections.


Debo Adegbile and Abigail Thernstrom

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markBrown from

10:04 PM... 4-30-09

You heard it here first on Brian's show over 12 hours ago.

A guest discussed the fact that supreme court justice might be retiring because he hasn't hired his law clerks for fall yet. (and she said, "he's never hired them this late before..."

NPR just reported on the 10PM newscast Justice Souter DID confirm he is RETIRING...

News flash courtesy of Mark Brown, the news-aholic

(my wife makes me shut it off to occasionally do work!))

Apr. 30 2009 10:09 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Peter [1]--Well, based on how the private sector has done with the transition to voting *machines,* even aside from the head of Diebold's remarks about delivering districts to, I don't think it'd be a good idea to have private companies run the actual elections.

Apr. 30 2009 10:51 AM
Tanya Washington from Brooklyn

I guess the NAACP sees the end of their living as race becomes a non-issue and are now hyper sensitive or look for racism where it does not even exist to create a media circus. Please go away. Let's get over this once and for all. The next generation does not need to be polluted with this antiquated way of thinking.

Apr. 30 2009 10:46 AM
hjs from 11211

"mastery of English be a requirement for citizenship since you have to be a citizen to vote"
the founding father's didn't think so.

Apr. 30 2009 10:44 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I heard in the reporting on this case that in some places there have been attempts to get around the Voting Rights Act even recently. Can't the individual regions that *are* complying w/the Act be dropped from Sec. 5 & the others remain subject to it, rather than overturning the entire section?

Apr. 30 2009 10:42 AM
Hugh from Brookyn

Does Abigail Thernstrom have any idea how paternalistic she sounds?!

Apr. 30 2009 10:42 AM
steve m from jersey city

isn't there some other way to address these things without the same old for it/against it dynamic? why can't the lehrer show staff just do the research and get hard facts instead of this tired cliche of having two sides contradict each other? and haven't both the thernstroms been discredited as people who seem to have a personal aversion to integration?

Apr. 30 2009 10:41 AM
Robert from NYC

Oh and look up who just got elected Bx Borough President with 85% of the vote. BTW, I'm not complaining to be clear, I'm just pointing out statistics against the claim being made here.

Apr. 30 2009 10:41 AM

Why not have ballots in English only? I am offended by the idea that I live in America and we have ballots in multiple languages.

Do they do this in Germany, France or UK?

Why shouldn't mastery of English be a requirement for citizenship since you have to be a citizen to vote.

Apr. 30 2009 10:40 AM
Robert from NYC

Voting discrimination in the Bronx!!! Against who? Certainly not again Latino voters. See who sits on City Council, State Senate and Congress and even Federal Congress seats in Bx. So who's being discriminated against in the Bronx?

Apr. 30 2009 10:38 AM
Hugh from Brookyn

Look at Florida, Ohio -- two states where racial discrimination played a pivotal role in three presidential elections.

Apr. 30 2009 10:34 AM
hjs from 11211

forget elections why don't we just sell governing to the highest bidder!
after all big business has done such a great job lately doing their primary job, transferring wealth upwards.

Apr. 30 2009 10:23 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

Have local governments or the Congress ever seriously considered turning to private companies to be more in charge of voting issues on local or national levels? It just seems that local governments and the national government are so bad at counting votes and holding elections that private industry must be able to do a better job. And of course, working with private companies on voting issues would mean strict governmental oversight. Isn’t it time that the United States government was able to count every vote and act in a way that encourages all people to vote?

Apr. 30 2009 09:35 AM

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