Likely 2016 presidential contender urges Congress to come up with new ideas for voting districts.
Hillary Clinton criticized the Supreme Court's decision to invalidate part of the Voting Rights Act on Monday, launching a series of speeches the almost certain 2016 presidential candidate will give in the next few months on policy issues. Monday's speech, at the American Bar Association's annual meeting in San Francisco, was a pretty direct attack on a series of legislative efforts to enact stricter voting regulation over the past few months.
Addressing the claim by conservatives that voter ID laws — seen as disproportionally detrimental to minority voters in the U.S. — are needed to protect against voter fraud, Clinton dismissed the threat of voter fraud as a "phantom epidemic" adding, “Anyone that says that racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention." She continued:
“We do — let’s admit it — have a long history of shutting people out: African Americans, women, gays and lesbians, people with disabilities. And throughout our history, we have found too many ways to divide and exclude people from their ownership of the law and protection from the law.”
Noting that over 81 bills restricting voting have been introduced in states this year alone, Clinton urged Congress to come up with a new formula for determining which districts are subject to federal "pre-clearance" under the Voting Rights Act.