Supreme Court Invalidates Section 4 of Voting Rights Act


Credit: Library of Congress

Writing at the blog of the Cato Institute, Ilya Shapiro calls today's ruling by the Supreme Court against Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act a victory for federalism. He writes:

In striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court restored a measure of constitutional order to America. Based on 40-year-old data showing racial disparities in voting that no longer exist, this provision subjected a now-random assortment of states and localities to onerous burdens and unusual federal oversight. Recognizing that the nation has changed, the Court aptly ended the extraordinary intrusion in state sovereignty that can no longer be justified by the facts on the ground.

Read the rest here.