HOUSTON—Some Texans are calling on congress to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act.
The Supreme Court struck down a key part of the act last week.
It required states with a history of voter suppression to get federal approval before changing their election laws. On Monday, the NAACP in Houston and the Texas Civil Rights Project said the court’s decision was wrong.
“It leaves us, and many others, vulnerable to the suppression schemes, disenfranchisement tactics, of not only our state, but other states that have histories that are proven track records of disenfranchising minority voters,” said Rev. Reginald Lillie, the President of NAACP Houston.
After the court’s ruling Texas announced its voter ID law would go into effect immediately, as well as those redrawn district maps that a judge had put on hold.