This is the first election without the full Voting Rights Act — and it's already a disaster

Is it any wonder that black voter turnout in many states is down sharply?

The impact is devastating.

In 2013, when Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts wrote his opinion gutting the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder, a key part of his argument was that it wasn't necessary anymore. "The country has changed," he said.

It turns out this argument is somewhat akin to that of vaccine denialists who scoff at the danger of polio, since it hasn't been seen in the United States for many years. Obviously, until the disease is fully eradicated from the entire planet, mass vaccination is all that prevents one unlucky plane flight from creating a roaring polio epidemic.

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