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I woke up this morning wanting to write a thoroughly informative article about the Voting Rights Act, a law put in place in 1965 to protect the voting rights of racial minorities, particularly African-Americans, in the South. This law doesn’t just single out the Bible Belt; California, Florida, New York, North Carolina and South Dakota, and some parts of Michigan and New Hampshire are also included. It essentially provides a safety net to ensure fair voting practices in places where racial discrimination tends to flourish. When a state or county wants to implement any in an evolving range of voter suppression tactics like, say, literacy tests, or failing to provide multi-lingual ballots, they have to run these — and any — changes past the Federal government, who will then tell them if it’s okay or if they’re being dicks to minorities again. In other words, it’s a no-brainer. It’s…

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