Yesterday, the House passed the Voting Rights Advancement Bill, a bill that addresses the Supreme Court’s objections to the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA). The bill was unanimously supported by Democrats. It got one Republican vote. All other Republicans voted against it.
The Supreme Court, in invalidating the Voting Rights Act in 2013, held that the conditions that required some states to seek pre-clearance for changes to their voting rules, were outdated and tended to punish states in the south for actions that were long past. The revised Voting Rights Act requires pre-clearance based on recent history only. If enacted, it would impose pre-clearance rules on a number of southern states but also on California and New York.
The VRA was one of the major achievements of the Civil Rights era, providing the right to vote to millions of citizens, primarily African-American, who had been denied their constitutional right to vote by local ordinances. In consequence, it led to the election of African-Americans at every level from local to national.
Every month, someone here starts a post on why minorities largely vote Democratic. Events like this provide an unambiguous answer
Given that the right to vote is a fundamental right to vote, why do Republicans oppose the updating of this successful legislation that has helped secure the rights of so many citizens who are part of ethnic minorities?