In this edition of “Closer Look,” longtime suffrage activist and author Gregory Moore talks about modern-day battles against voter suppression laws and how those battles relate to the nation’s history of voting. of voting rights.
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act, apparently banning decades of discriminatory electoral practices originating primarily from post-Civil War southern states, including poll tax and literacy testing. .
However, in 2013 the United States Supreme Court ruled in Shelby County v. Holder that a key section of the law was unconstitutional, with many voters across the country losing their protections in the process.
“What we lost in the Shelby decision was the ability for us to pre-clear those forecasts before they went into effect, and that’s what was really taken away and led to this level basis of electoral discrimination that has spread across the country over the past 10 years. said Moore, who follows the contemporary history of voting rights in her new book, “Beyond Voting Rights Law: The Untold Story of the Struggle to Reform America’s Registration Laws. voters”.
“We have survived all these years because winners and losers have been able to accept the results and move forward…whether it’s the work we’ve done to reform the laws or even the battles in court, we are in a protracted struggle to return to the starting points of our democracy.