Hillary Slams Supreme Court Decision on Voting Rights Act

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Tuesday, 13 Aug 2013 12:03 AM

By Courtney Coren

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Hillary Clinton criticized the Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act during a speech in San Francisco on Monday for the "damage" it could cause in local and state districts.

"By invalidating pre-clearance, the Supreme Court has shifted the burden back onto citizens alleging discrimination," the former secretary of state explained in an afternoon speech to the American Bar Association, Politico reports.

The Supreme Court in June narrowly struck down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which stipulated that nine states, mostly in the South, with a history of racial discrimination were required to get federal approval before changing their election procedures.

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In the 5-4 landmark ruling, the high court said the formula for determining how the law applies is now outdated and therefore unconstitutional, effectively lifting decades-old restrictions on states to determine their own voting regulations.
 
Clinton said the decision was based on a "phantom epidemic of voter ID fraud," and that the decision could have a local effect on the citizens in those states.

"Throughout our history, we have found too many ways to exclude people from their ownership of the law," Clinton said.

The former first lady was given an award for her legal career at the event and for advancing women in the legal field.

She also announced that she was beginning a series of speeches on a variety of policy topics. The next speech will be on national security in Philadelphia in September.


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