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Supervisors vote to support restoring portion of federal Voting Rights Act

Posted: August 27, 2013 5:06 p.m.
Updated: August 27, 2013 5:06 p.m.
 

Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to support efforts to update and restore a portion of the federal Voting Rights Act dealing with the voting rights of minority citizens.

That section of the law was invalidated by the Supreme Court earlier this summer.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who introduced the proposal along with Supervisor Gloria Molina, said the issue is making sure people are not wrongly denied the right to vote.

“We want to keep democracy vibrant and make sure all those that wish to participate and have the right to participate are not denied that by any measure or standard or judgment,” Ridley-Thomas said.

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, whose supervisorial district includes the Santa Clarita Valley, voted against the item, saying states should be allowed to take steps to prevent fraudulent voting such as enacting laws requiring people go to the polls with a picture ID.

“Protection of fraudulent voting ought not to be part of the voting process,” he said.

The Supreme Court ruled in June that the formula used to determine which states or jurisdictions had a history of suppressing the votes of minorities was outdated, freeing those areas from having to seek federal approval before changing their voting laws.

Supervisors voted 3-1 Tuesday to instruct the county’s legislative advocates to take “all appropriate actions” to support legislation that would renew the formula.

Supervisors will send a five-signature letter stating the board’s position to national legislative leaders, including President Barack Obama.

Molina was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

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