Arizona has sued Eric Holder challenging the constitutionality of the preclearance provisions of Sections 4 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act. These are the provisions enforced by the Voting Section at DOJ. It forces 16 states to submit to Eric Holder for approval every single change involving elections. At issue are the 1975 amendments about foreign language use and 2006 amendments to the law that made it harder for states to obtain approval. The 2006 amendments were supported by most Republicans as well as all Democrats. More details here, and the complaint can be had here. Right now only a county in Alabama and some citizens in North Carolina are challenging these provisions. Arizona’s entry into the fight is a game changer. Eric Holder’s response so far: Republicans supported the law at issue.
August 25, 2011 - 4:38 pm