ST. LOUIS (KMOX/CBS) – The U.S. Supreme Court may have spoken Tuesday when it struck down a section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act but Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, says there is still more to say.
The court ruled that Section 4 of the law, which provides the formula for determining which states must have any changes to their voting laws pre-approved by the Justice Department, is outdated and thus unconstitutional. If Congress wants to keep certain states, mostly southern states with a history of racism, under the Justice Department’s watch, it will have to rewrite Section 4.
Clay believes there has been a systematic approach in recent years to eliminate some Americans’ access to the voting booth.
“So that’s why we have to remain vigilant about protecting peoples’ voting rights and I will do that until the day I die,” he said.
Clay is considering legislation that would create a new formula for the Justice Department to approve election procedures in states with a history of discrimination as well as those shown to be engaging in what he calls voter suppression tactics, such as voter identification requirements.