Horace Cooper, co-chairman of the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network, says that — from the tenor of the Supreme Court arguments — the outcome of the case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder is a “very close call.” Nonetheless, Horace believes that the “preclearance standard falls” because the majority of the justices will likely rule that selective scrutiny of certain states and localities for Voting Rights Act violations can no longer pass constitutional muster.
In a discussion with Buck Sexton on “Real News” (found on Glenn Beck’s BlazeTV), Horace criticizes the current politicized enforcement of the Voting Rights Act’s Section 5 that was the issue before the Supreme Court. He point out that “[w]hat we ought to be focused on are actual things that motivated the Voting Rights Act” such as voter intimidation and ballot destruction.
Other “Real News” commentators participating in the discussion on 2/27/13 are Will Cain, S.E. Cupp, Amy Holmes and Ben Domenech.
To read more about Project 21’s legal brief in the Shelby County case, click here.