Voter Suppression in New Jersey

Today’s Supreme Court decision is historic. Lest you think voter suppression is a problem for the Deep South, and not a problem in New Jersey, think again.

A lot has been written about today’s Supreme Court decision effectively rescinding Congress’ power under Section 2 of the 15th Amendment. In a conference call this afternoon, Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP summarizes today’s decision as follows (audio):

Governor Christie may not be as blatant about voter suppression as his buddy Ted Cruz, but he’s an acolyte of the GOP line of restricting access to the ballot box. He vetoed an early voting bill, claiming that it would cost too much (even though he concocted another costly voter suppression scheme by holding the Senate vote 20 days prior to the regular election in his attempt to maintain his power in the State House.)

Governor Howard Dean minces no words in describing today’s Supreme Court Decision. And the re-election of Governor Christie will certainly exacerbate the right to vote here in New Jersey as he takes a sharp tack to the extreme right in his quest for the White House.

Comments (2)

  1. 12mileseastofTrenton

    the 15th amendment.  It’s a terrible decision, but it leaves both the justice department and congress with the power to protect voting rights under section 2 of the VRA.  It doesn’t even preclude preclearance under a different formula.  It’s a terrible decision because the court failed to give proper deference to congress, and instead acted like a superlegislature.

  2. firstamend07

    Reelect the Democratic legislature and there will be no problems in New Jersey.  


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