Background Briefing: June 27, 2021
The DOJ’s Move to Protect Voting Rights Could Be Undone Next Week By the Supreme Court
We begin with Friday’s announcement, exactly 8 years after Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts gutted Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, that the DOJ was suing Georgia for violating the Voting Rights Act and that they would be looking into voter suppression of minorities in other state as well as investigating threats against poll workers across the country. Joining us to assess what can be done to protect the votes of all Americans in forthcoming elections now that the For the People Act is stalled in the senate due to a red wall of Republican resistance is Harry Litman, a former United States Attorney and deputy assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department who is now a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego and the Executive Producer and host of the Talking Feds podcast. We discuss how the Supreme Court could rule next week on Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act to weaken it further although the DOJ could ask the courts to invoke a rarely used part of the Act which would place Georgia under federal supervision.
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