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Voting Wrongs

A couple of weeks ago, it looked like the House GOP’s frantic and unwise push to reauthorize the most controversial sections of the Voting Rights Act had stalled — we editorialized about it here. But now it appears as though reauthorization is once again hurtling forward, with a vote scheduled for perhaps as early as this Thursday. This is a very bad idea. Not only are the “emergency” provisions of the VRA no longer necessary — they were established to address racial problems in the Deep South in the 1960s — but they are also of highly doubtful constitutionality. What’s more, they’re an affront to the principle of colorblind public policy as well as the notion that Americans ought to cast their ballots in English. We’ve run some excellent articles on the VRA’s flaws on NRO: Try this one by Ed Blum, and this one by Roger Clegg.

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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