Only infrequently do I ever opine here about voting rights — unless I read something that makes me mad. I try to limit Sidebar to addressing concerns of individual plaintiffs and their lawsuits, although, because I’ve been an unwitting plaintiff in class action suits, I do occasionally refer to bunches of plaintiffs.
But the Supreme Court’s demolishment of most of the Voting Rights Act — and Congress’s current inability to write contemporary legislation protecting this essential civil right — is going to lead to multiple plaintiff lawsuits against states that are with vicious glee enacting voter restriction laws.
Yesterday, Michael Cooper in the New York Times wrote a marvelously clear article about this oncoming wave of lawsuits and the provocation for them.
I figure all of us who are concerned about this monumental democratic issue — what is more monumental in a self-described democracy than the right for all citizens to vote? — would like to read Mr. Cooper’s article: After Ruling, States Rush to Enact Voting Laws – NYTimes.com.
P.S. The photo at the top of the piece is not Michael Cooper. It is of Texas Governor Rick Perry, a handsome lad.