The court invalidated the system whereby most Southern states were required to clear changes to their voting laws in advance with the
Currently only Texas, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana would be covered, which provoked outrage from Texas' two senators, who both sit on the committee.
“Every state is covered by this if they violate the law five times in 15 years,” replied Sen.
The witnesses who testified were also divided.
Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the
But conservative scholar Abigail Thernstrom of the
The legislation, though described by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman
Whereas past discussions of voting rights focused on poll taxes and racially motivated gerrymandering, much of the discussion Wednesday was about new voter identification requirements passed in many states controlled by Republicans as well as moves to scale back early voting.