Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which took center stage Tuesday during oral arguments at the Supreme Court, prohibits a state from imposing a “standard, practice, or procedure” that “results in a denial or abridgement of the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color … .” Courts have found that states violate this provision when they draw new legislative districts that dilute the voting power of minority voters by either packing as many of these voters as possible into a single district or by splitting these voters among various other districts—practices known as “packing” and “cracking” voters.
Alabama seniors have voted for decades with rules in place for voter ID and absentee ballots witness signatures. As part of a national scheme by the left to dilute vote security, an Obama appointed judge recently overturned these rules even though he was in the wrong branch of government to do so. Fortunately for the people of Alabama, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals correctly dissolved his ruling. Vote security, at least for now, remains intact in Alabama.
4/10: The ACRU filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Greater Birmingham Ministries v. Merrill, arguing that the appeals court should hold that Alabama’s voter-ID law is permitted by the federal Voting Rights Act.