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On this fifth anniversary of the #ShelbyCountyvHolder decision and today's ruling in #AbbottvPerez—another voting rights decision that comes at a "serious cost" to our democracy—take some time to read our "Democracy Diminished" report: bit.ly/2KiTaVD. #RestoreTheVote
In the #ShelbyCountyvHolder decision, #SCOTUS gutted Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Section 5 acted as a crucial checkpoint for democracy, "stopping discriminatory voting laws before any election." #RestoreTheVote nytimes.com/2017/12/11/opi…
Since #ShelbyCountyvHolder, LDF has been monitoring state & local threats to voting, paying close attention to the states & localities that previously had to seek pre-approval of any voting changes as had been required by a fully-functioning #VRA. #RestoreTheVote
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#AbbottvPerez: In a decision that comes down on the fifth anniversary of its decision in #ShelbyCountyvHolder, the U.S. Supreme Court today permitted Texas to use electoral maps tainted by intentional racial discrimination.

Read the Opinion: supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf…
Sotomayor noted in her dissent, this does “great damage to that right of equal opportunity.” Since the disastrous Shelby decision, we’ve been tracking every new voting change that would have been covered by preclearance in our report Democracy Diminished.
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#SCOTUS today permitted Texas to continue using electoral maps that a three-judge lower court had unanimously found were tainted by intentional racial discrimination against Latino and Black voters and diluted minority voting strength.

Our Statement: bit.ly/2MYo4kC
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