Warm-Up for 10/30/14

Voting Rights Act
Guests discuss the history of the Voting Rights Act and the Section 5 provision which says that states and localities with a history of disenfranchising minorities, mainly in the South, must get federal approval before changing their voting procedures. (3 mins)

Use the video at www.c-span.org/video/?c4371231/voting-rights-act and choose any two of the following questions to respond to:
  1. Why was the Voting Rights Act put into place?
  2. What does Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act say?
  3. Ari Berman and Hans Von Spakovsky provide their perspectives on whether or not Section 5 is crucial today. Explain their positions.

20 Point Extra Credit Extension: Access the link below to listen to the U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder from February 27, 2013. The case concerns Congress' 2006 re-authorization of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act under the pre-existing coverage formula of Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act, and whether Congress exceeded its authority under the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments and thus violated the Tenth Amendment and Article IV of the United States Constitution. http://www.c-span.org/video/?311193-1/shelby-county-v-holder-oral-argument. Write a one-page response determining if Congress did exceed its authority.