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Opinion

July 5, 2013

Prejudice not on a map

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NORMAN —

But in doing so, we would learn that no state had a total voter turnout rate under 50 percent for whites or minorities — a figure used in the old formula.

Civil Rights advocates have long wanted states like Ohio to be subject to preclearance and a rewriting would get them that wish.

But this was never about statistics. The wounds from the horrors civil rights activities suffered during the mid-1960s were very real and seared into the memories of many in this country. Even Justice Stephen Breyer noted that the “disease is still there” and no amount of factual data will convince many race relations have improved.

And while it has done well, it was unfairly targeting the South as though it was the only location in our country that was prejudiced. Congress has the charge to amend Section 4 and make it truly a Voting Rights Act for the nation that holds all states accountable and not just a select few.

—The Mankato, Minn., Free Press

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