In that decision, the Court ruled that section 4 of the Voting Rights Act needs to be updated before it can be used as a basis for deciding which states and districts need to get approval from the federal government before changing their voting laws. Several Democrats have blasted the decision as one that makes the Voting Rights Act inoperable until Congress agrees to new criteria for deciding which sections of the country need to clear voting decisions with the government.
That section allows preclearance through an Executive Branch process or a judicial panel under the U.S. district court in Washington, DC.
Back in June, Green said the Court "rightly recognized the positive progress made on voting rights," but said that was due to the formula in section 4 of the law. That section locked in requirements that Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia must preclear voting law changes with the government, along with several districts in other states.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in crafting new legislation that targets injurious inequality and deleterious discrimination in not only election laws but all laws," Green said in June.
Green's bill is co-sponsored by Reps. G.K. ButterfieldG.K. ButterfieldOvernight Tech: Lawmakers clash over privacy repeal | FCC gets new office on economic data | Facebook cracks down on revenge porn Overnight Tech: New office at the FCC | Lawmakers get feisty over privacy at hearing | Facebook cracks down on revenge porn FCC defends not fighting legal challenge to prison call rates MORE (D-N.C.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Rubén Hinojosa (D-Texas), Mike Honda (D-Calif.), and Gwen MooreGwen MooreHouse Dems ask Fed to consider diverse candidates to fill Richmond vacancy Black Dems tell Trump: ‘We have a lot to lose’ Dem rep to introduce bill to block use of federal funds for Trump's border wall MORE (D-Wis.).
Their bill is similar to one introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson-LeeDem wants hearing after United passenger dragged off flight Members jam with Wynonna Judd, Keith Urban at Grammys on the Hill Dem rep: Trump WH, conservatives are attacking black women MORE (D-Texas), who proposed a bill prohibiting states from redistricting except in response to the decennial census.