Wednesday, November 09, 2016

OR MAYBE THIS IS THE MAJOR REASON WHY TRUMP WON

The election yesterday was the first to have occured without the protection of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

How did the newly weakened Voting Rights Act impact election results?

In short, it's very hard to know yet.

Tuesday election was the first since a monumental Supreme Court ruling in 2013 struck down key part of Voting Rights Act, leading to sweeping changes in voting rules across a swath of Southern states and several other districts or states that had historically discriminated against minorities.

Those changes included new voter ID requirements, as well as closing or changing locations of hundreds and likely thousands of polling sites, shifts that used to require federal approval.

Studies and some court rulings have said that ID laws have disproportionately impacted racial minorities, a group that tends to vote Democratic.

The Supreme Court ruled over the summer that new North Carolina voting rules targeted black Americans with "almost surgical precision."

[source : How did the weakened Voting Rights Act impact election results?, LA Times, http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-election-day-2016-how-did-the-weakened-voting-rights-act-1478670026-htmlstory.html, 9th November 2016]

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