REPORT: Federal court deals devastating ‘blow’ to Voting Rights Act, liberals voicing outrage

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A federal appeals court issued a ruling Monday that could gut the Voting Rights Act, saying only the federal government — not private citizens or civil rights groups — is allowed to sue under a key section of the landmark civil rights law.

The decision out of the 8th Circuit will almost certainly be appealed and is likely headed to the Supreme Court. Should it stand, it would mark a dramatic rollback of the enforcement of the law that led to increased minority power and representation in American politics.

The appellate court ruled that there is no “private right of action” for Section 2 of the law — which prohibits voting practices that discriminate on the basis of race.

“…for decades, private parties — including civil rights groups, individual voters and political parties — have brought Section 2 challenges on everything from redistricting to voter ID requirements,” Politico reports.

However, the judges wrote, “After reviewing the text, history, and structure of the Voting Rights Act, the district court concluded that private parties cannot enforce Section 2. The enforcement power belonged solely to the Attorney General of the United States.”

Arizona state House Rep. John Gillette cheered the ruling, noting that voting should just be as simple as everyone having to show their voter ID, without special exceptions for anyone.

“8th Circuit Appeals Court ruled today. “Private litigants can no longer bring lawsuits under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). ” The left will go nuts now that their paid legal teams have no standing in Voter ID cases. No ID… No Vote, a win for the Constitution!” Gillette wrote.

One X user called it a “MAJOR win for Republicans.”

The left is freaking out over the ruling, claiming that it will take away voting rights for Black people.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, claimed, “It is very concerning to see a federal circuit court rule that private parties and civil rights groups do not have the ability to enforce the Voting Rights Act. Here in New Jersey, we have spent the last 6 years working with our Legislature to make it easier to vote, not harder.”

Rep. Dan Goldman (D-N.Y.) wrote, “The Eighth Circuit’s ruling on the Voting Rights Act ignores decades of precedent to attack a free and fair democracy. History has shown how important a private right of action is to ensure that one person equals one vote. SCOTUS must overturn the ruling and keep the VRA intact.”

Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) claimed, “This 8th Circuit decision flies in the face of congress’s intent with passing the Voting Rights Act and upends decades of precedent. As threats to our democracy continue to mount, I won’t stop fighting to restore equal access to the ballot box. ”

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