Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R), a voter fraud conspiracy theorist and a supporter of strict photo ID requirements, said last June that he did not respect the Voting Rights Act. He specifically objected to the pre-clearance provisions that were gutted by today’s 5–4 Supreme Court ruling, likening having a federal review to protect against minority disenfranchisement to “running to Mommy” for permission.
In a June 2012 speech to Virginia’s anti-gay Family Foundation, Cuccinelli noted that much of Virginia was covered by the Voting Rights Act:
CUCCINELLI: Section V of the Voting Rights Act requires federal permission… I mean to do anything, to move a polling place, you have to go… I call it “running to Mommy…” Which you can get my level of respect for.
Cuccinelli defended Section II of the law, which “allows citizens to sue if they think discrimination is driving any particular decision.” But the aim of the Voting Rights Act was more than just stopping laws with a discriminatory intent. By paralyzing the federal government’s power to guard against implementation of laws with a discriminatory effect — even in places like Virginia with a history of voter suppression — it will be much harder for citizens to cast their votes, regardless of the stated intent of the suppression.
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