Obama says he is "deeply disappointed" with the Supreme Court's ruling on a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.
I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision today. For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act - enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress - has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans. Today's decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.
On Tuesday the court ruled that the current map designating places with a history of discrimination - drawn up in 1965 - is no longer valid and must be redrawn by Congress.
Obama's statement called on Congress to pass a new map that would allow the Voting Rights Act to continue working:
As the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists. ...I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls.
Update, 10am PST: Eric Holder has released a similar statement saying that he is also "deeply disappointed." He also called on Congress to act, and promised administrative action too.
@frigginhell In order to rewrite the voting districts you have to win the local/state elections. The GOP has done very very well at winning on the local & state level. Right the opposite for the liberal Democrats. So, try your own advice: try winning some state & local elections (where the liberal policies don't fly) and your party can rewrite the districts. Until then wipe the tears & STFU!
@frigginhell Everything I said was true. The house districts are written every ten years after the census. Whoever wins the House gets to write the districts accordingly. Are facts too much to deal with?
"Update, 10am PST: Eric Holder has released a similar statement saying that he is also "deeply disappointed." He also called on Congress to act, and promised administrative action too."
So in otherwords, when Princess Obama and Eric "The Witholder" Holder doesn't get their way, then they're going to pout, whine and then threaten to try to circumvent the final ruling of SCOTUS. But when SCOTUS rules in your favor, Princess Obama and the left going around screaming "law of the land", lol. What a bunch of sorry, pathetic, crybaby hyporites you folks are...
Why doesn't Obama worry about bigger issues like unemployment? High gas prices? They have been over $3.00 a gallon his entire 4 /12 years in office! Food Stamp use at record levels all b/c of his economic policies. What a dismal failure he has been!
Basing the map on the 1964 election, rules made illegal nationally 40 years ago, and minority composition of state governments does not make scene. Especially since most of those "racist states" have far more minorities in office then the northern states.
So your disappointed -- discrimination still exist? Well sport, there was less of it when YOU got elected, no? Since then, you have created more racial dissension and outright distrust in this country during the ensuing years following the 2008 election. Get over it 'Zero!'
Yet another polarizing issue to keep the left and right blaming each other...
WHY do you folks think that Obama is being sincere? Do you really think he wants to see more access to polls? Do you really think he wants to see a third, fourth, or fifth party candidate get traction? Come ON people.....
Do you REALLY think there is a difference between Democrat of Republican? They both want the same thing...power OUT of the hands of the American People. That is their true platform, regardless of the scenery they present for us to look at.
not sure why the tears or the sky-is-falling reporting; the Court didn't declare the law fundamentally invalid, only that the map must be reevaluated to come up with the times. maybe Congress can get to work on something helpful to the Nation instead of developing loopholes for a broken immigration process.