This Does Not Bode Well for Congress’s Updating of the Voting Rights Act

At I have been writing, the only real chance of the Voting Rights Act Amendment (which would restore a form of preclearance regime) making it out of the current session of Congress appears to be if the bill gets the support of Eric Cantor.  So far Cantor has been noncommittal.

Today, however, Eric Cantor is being attacked from the right (not about the VRAA, but generally). Whether the claims against Cantor are fair or not are not questions for me to answer. But there’s little doubt that if he endorses the VRAA he is going to get attacked from the right.  While if he does nothing on the VRAA he will suffer no political cost.  So this marginally makes it less likely that Cantor will do anything on the VRAA.


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