Jeffrey Toobin wrote a great Comment in the January 1, 2013 New Yorker. A model of journalistic and legal clarity, it discusses the case called Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder. This case, as Toobin suggests in his title, “Casting Votes,” can, depending on this right-wing court, destroy one crucial part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which, as Toobin describes utterly without hyperbole, is, “the most effective law of its kind in the history of the United States.” It’s my emphasis, but it really should be everybody’s emphasis.
If you care about voting rights, or want to understand how bad things are in our great, great democracy, you must read this piece. Jeffrey Toobin: Defending Our Voting Rights : The New Yorker.