How America lost its commitment to the right to vote
The Supreme Court isn’t even pretending that it’s bound by legal texts in its voting rights cases.
The Supreme Court, Justice Elena Kagan lamented in a dissenting opinion earlier this month, “has treated no statute worse” than the Voting Rights Act.
The Voting Rights Act is arguably the most successful civil rights law in American history. Originally signed in 1965, it was the United States’ first serious attempt since Reconstruction to build a multi-racial democracy — and it worked. Just two years after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting...