While SCOTUS is having a busy week, there are a number of important reactions to yesterday’s Shelby County v. Holder decision, now that folks have had a chance to read the decision in depth and reflect upon the implications of the decision.
Coverage in the media today notes that this decision will have immediate implications; here’s a bit from today’s NY Times:
The decision will have immediate practical consequences. Texas announced shortly after the decision that a voter identification law that had been blocked would go into effect immediately, and that redistricting maps there would no longer need federal approval. Changes in voting procedures in the places that had been covered by the law, including ones concerning restrictions on early voting, will now be subject only to after-the-fact litigation.
Justin Levitt did a nice interview yesterday on LA’s KPCC, discussing the decision and implications.
Rick Hasen wrote a very interesting and informative opinion piece in the NY Times today, “The Chief Justice’s Long Game”. Rick puts yesterday’s decision in context of what he sees as a larger pattern of SCOTUS decisions.
While today’s SCOTUS decision striking down DOMA, and the remaining decisions they will hand down in coming days, will no doubt push Shelby County v. Holder out of the headlines, the implications of yesterday’s decision regarding the Voting Rights Act will have lasting repercussions in election administration in the coming months and years.