Magazine November 2, 2020, Issue

Against the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

Senator Patrick Leahy, with House members including the late John Lewis (front left), speaks to the media about the Voting Rights Advancement Act (now the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act) on December 6, 2019. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
There is no ‘epidemic’ of voter suppression

In the latest attempt to amend the Voting Rights Act, Senator Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.) recently introduced the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. It sounds great until you realize it will be used to achieve partisan political gains rather than prevent racial discrimination.

The real aim is to reverse the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder and to give the political allies of Democrats — the radicals who inhabit the career ranks of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department (where I used to work), and advocacy groups such as the ACLU — control

This article appears as “What Voter Suppression?” in the November 2, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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