DCB wrote: How is overturning Section 5 going to result in stronger federal action?
That's the dilemma. Do the ends justify the means?
I don't want the SC to overturn section 5, but I can how it might happen. Equal Protection is one of the bedrocks of our notion of justice.
It is an F-up situation. The problem, really, is in our constitution. The founders gave too much power to states, in my view, in controlling the elections. (Of course the SC had no compunction about trumping the Florida SC in Bush v. Gore.)
I'm an optimist, I see things constantly evolving towards a more just society. It is hard to see sometimes because things improve slowly, with setbacks.
There is a backlash to the shenanigans of 2012 in FL, PA, WI, FL. See how Walker backed-off on his plan to end same-day registration. If the Republicans in PA try to jigger the electoral college, they will get their comeuppance.
I would like to see some rich philanthropist bankroll a system of blue busses in Texas that drive people to the DMV. (only 80 of 240 counties in Texas have a DMV office.) We need a modern voter rights movement at grassroots in south. Things are moving. Obamacare is HUGE HUGE HUGE in showing poor people there is hope, and purpose in voting.