It starts at the ballot box. When he signed the Voting Rights Act 47 years ago, President Johnson called the right to vote “the basic right without which all others are meaningless.”
Apparently Johnson never met Judge Simpson.
The Pennsylvania law’s opponents estimate that it could disenfranchise 9 percent of the state’s voters, and a recent study showed the measure would disproportionately affect African Americans and Latinos. A report by the Brennan Center for Justice estimates that as many as 5 million Americans will be kept from voting because of similar laws around the country. Meanwhile, attacks on the Voting Rights Act are due to have their day in front of a sympathetic (not to the voters) Supreme Court in the next term.
But decimating voter rolls is only the most visible instance of our shrinking democracy.