Tuesday, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Act which allowed the government to determine which states and counties can change voting laws and procedures. Today, Obama weighed in:
The Supreme Court “made a mistake.”
Not, “I disagree with the decision,” or, “We’ll just have to agree to disagree.” But a mistake. Call me picky, but a guy who is never wrong – never at fault for anything – calling out the Supreme Court (again) for making a “mistake” – an error in judgement, if you will – comes across as a tad bit arrogant, in my book.
In a 5-4 ruling, the Court said it could no longer enforce a requirement that states or localities with a history of discrimination must get federal government approval before changing their election laws or the way they hold elections.
As part of his assessment of SCOTUS’ “mistake,” Obama added that the law was a “cornerstone of democracy” and the High Court “failed to recognize” the degree to which voter suppression is a problem throughout the nation (although, apparently not in Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and several other areas which enjoyed in excess of 100% voter turnout in the 2012 presidential election).
The Court said Congress must come up with a new way of determining which states and localities require federal monitoring of elections. Obama promptly urged Congress to figure out how to make it easier for people to vote.