Here is an interesting article by Wade Anderson. He is the executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.
Two weeks ago, when the House was set to vote on renewal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and extend coverage of three key protections, a small band of Republican obstructionist derailed the process.
This surprised many who recall the rare bicameral, bipartisan introduction of the bill to renew the law in May.
The handful of renegadesâ€”like Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgiaâ€”are from states that continue to have the most egregious voting rights violations. That these representatives bucked both their party leadership and President Bush over renewal, highlights the weakened stance of House leadership and the recalcitrancy of these members.
But you donâ€™t have to look far back in history to uncover the legacy of disenfranchisement they stand for and the challenge they present to the Republican leadership as the House again schedules a vote on the bill today.
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