Cooch: Virginia has “outgrown” Voting Rights Act Redistricting Requirements



    …[Cuccinelli] believes that the time has passed that Virginia should have to seek approval from the U.S. Department of Justice before adopting new districts, as has been required for Virginia and a number of other Southern states since the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

    “I think as a state, as a commonwealth, we have outgrown that,” he said.

    In other words, according to Ken Cuccinelli, we now live in a society that’s completely color blind, where there’s no discrimination, and where everyone lives in peace and harmony, holds hands and sings “Kumbaya.” Ahhhh…paradise.

    Seriously, though, for more on why we still have these requirements, click here. Note that “Section 5” of the Voting Rights Act, which covers redistricting, remains in effect through 2031, with Congress in 2006 – Republicans in control at that point, mind you – having voted overwhelmingly (390-13 in the House, 98-0 in the Senate, signed into law by George W. Bush) to extend its requirements for another 25 years. In other words, Ken Cuccinelli is on the extreme fringe of his own party on this one. I wonder if Bob McDonnell agrees with Cooch on this one.

    In other news, Cooch also commented, “Nobody’s ordered to do Medicaid or Medicare,” and that “he supported a suggestion by Gov. Rick Perry (R-Tex.) that states examine withdrawing from the massive partnership with the federal government that provides funds for health care for disabled and low-income residents.”

    In sum, just when you think Cooch can’t get any crazier or more radical, he does. Wow.

    • blue bronc

      Only they are the ones who think they can be the voters.  I can’t imagine why Bob “killer of women” McDonnell would mind. Hell, he is so color blind he forgot there ever was slavery in Virginia.  

    • Steve Vaughan

      …if this is just another random wacky Cuccinelli sound bite or it it portends something for redistricting next year? Every African-American majority district in the state from the House of Delegates to the State Senate to the House of Representatives needs to gain population. Prevailing thinking has been that once such a district is created, you have problems with the Justice Department if you get rid of it. Are there plans afoot? This actually could be a bigger pain in the neck for Democrats redistricting the Senate. The three adjacent African-American majority Senate districts in Hampton Roads – Locke, Lucas and Miller — are collectively 90,000 voters short.

    • cvllelaw

      There is actually a significant strain of DEMOCRATIC thought that if we did away with the Voting Rights Act, or at least if we did away with the requirement of majority-minority districts, we would elect more Democrats.  Studies suggest that you don’t need a district that is 65% African-American to elect an African-American.  Let’s say you have 3 majority-minority districts, gerrymandered to pack as many African-American voters into three districts as possible.  But if you decide to put those voters into, say, 5 districts, with 40% African-American strength in each, odds are quite high that you would elect 5 Democrats instead of only three. And odds would be good that you’d have two or three African-Americans among them.  You don’t need an African-American controlled district, you need an African-American influenced district.

      Republicans love majority-minority districts, because they can shunt all the African-American voters into a few districts, leaving the rest of the districts for the white Republicans.  And you will see, when redistricting is taking place all across the country, that the Good Old Boys and the African-American politicians will be making common cause.