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Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Daily Rant

Despite longstanding rumors and protests, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 expires next year in 2007. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was originally scheduled to expire in 1970, but they were extended in 1970, and again in 1975 and 1982. In 1982, then President Ronald Reagan signed an amendment to extend this right for an additional twenty-five years, but it has of yet not been extended and will thus expire next year.
Some important provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965:
The authorization of the U.S. Attorney General to send federal registrars (examiners) to register voters, in counties where the local registrar refuses to register blacks. [Section 6, 42 U.S.C. § 1973d]
The authorization of the U.S. Attorney General to send federal observers to monitor elections, to make sure that blacks who are eligible to vote are actually permitted to vote, and that their votes are actually counted. [Section 8, 42 U.S.C. § 1973f]
The requirement that specially covered jurisdictions gain the approval of the U.S. Attorney General before implementing new voting practices or procedures, to make sure that any voting changes that they make are not racially discriminatory. [Section 5, 42 U.S.C. § 1973c]
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was also used to eliminate the use of poll taxes and literacy tests. This act has been extended by Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan (all Republicans), but as it is about to end I cant help but wonder why Congress has been focusing on an Alito filibuster and the President’s terrorist surveillance program instead of the piece of legislation. So let me pose the question. Mr. Kanye West, are you sure that it is George Bush who does not care about black people or is it every member of Congress?


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