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27 September 2010

The Old Guard Opposes Sandy Springs Bailing Out of Voting Rights Act

Monday afternoon, the old guard came out of the woodwork and announced a press conference to discuss the Obama Dept. of Justice (DOJ) decision that allowed Sandy Springs to bail out of the Voting Rights Act (VRA).

The north Fulton County city made history, last week, after they became the first Georgia municipality to successfully gain an exemption from section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 [Hunt, April (2010-9-23). Feds allow Sandy Springs out of Voting Rights Act. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved on 2010-9-24.].

Section 5 of the VRA requires the DOJ to pre-clear any change in voting even something as minor as moving a polling precinct across the street.

Tuesday, Joseph Lowery, the NAACP and three other organizations will gather to voice their opposition to one municipality being exempted from the VRA.

Lowery, the NAACP and others are likely to say that Sandy Springs bailing out of the VRA will likely lead to a cascade of other cities and counties across the south attempting to gain an exemption from federal voting oversight. They'll go on to say that this will result in the clock being turned back on racial progress.

And that, my friends, will be the gist of what's said at Tuesday's press conference.