FLOWOOD, Miss. — Voters here headed to the polls on Tuesday in a Republican Senate primary that has won national attention as Senator Thad Cochran has made the unusual move of reaching out to black Democrats in an attempt to hold back State Senator Chris McDaniel, his Tea Party-backed challenger.
With Tea Party activists vowing to police voting sites for what they called fraud, the offices of the Mississippi secretary of state and attorney general warned that only one poll watcher, appointed in writing by each campaign, would be allowed within 30 feet of the polls. Tempers were flaring well before voting began at 7 a.m.
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The Supreme Court effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote, freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval.
“Our country has changed,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority. “While any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions.”
"The current coverage system," Chief Justice Roberts wrote, is “based on 40-year-old facts having no logical relationship to the present day. Congress — if it is to divide the states — must identify those jurisdictions to be singled out on a basis that makes sense in light of current conditions,” he wrote. “It cannot simply rely on the past.”
So much for Justice Roberts and his wildly inaccurate, uninformed and out of touch opinion that racism no longer exists has already been proven wrong by the very same conservative party he aligns himself with. .