I appreciate the opportunity to contribute to Rick’s blog, but I disagree with his skepticism about the Voting Rights Act update.
My take is that Republicans and Democrats can come together to update the Voting Rights Act. Rick and some others assume Congress is too polarized. Anti-civil rights ideological fringes try to fuel this polarization by painting the update as a partisan issue.
The fact, however, is that both Republicans and Democrats oppose voting discrimination. Updating the Act can happen. I’m not saying an update is guaranteed. Consistent skepticism without concrete information is unwarranted, however, and only undermines the prospect of protecting voting rights.
I will continue to follow this closely throughout the day.