Post-Shelby Cleanup: Bipartisan Effort Aims to Revive Voting Rights Act

Civil rights groups are already analyzing the implications and shortcomings of this “important first step.”

Supporters of the Voting Rights Act listen to speakers discussing the rulings outside the Supreme Court on June 25, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Win McNamee/Getty Images

“The exclusion of North Carolina is especially egregious, considering the flood of harmful voting policies from the state,” said Advancement Project Co-Director Penda D. Hair in a statement released on Thursday. “These measures include a 2012 redistricting plan that diluted the power of African-American voters; the passage of a voter-suppression law that cut early voting by a week, eliminated same-day registration and requires strict voter ID, among many other restrictions; and last week’s decision that residents of the 12th Congressional District will be forced to go 300 days without representation.”

Rep. Conyers, a co-sponsor of the bill, told the Huffington Post that the introduction of the bipartisan bill signals the beginning of what could be a long debate. “We’ve got our work cut out for us,” he said. “We’ll be here for a while.”

Jenée Desmond-Harris is The Root’s senior staff writer. Follow her on Twitter.