No, you wouldn't. But that's exactly what the Supreme Court did a year ago when they gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), the most important and successful civil rights law ever enacted by the U.S. Congress.
In some states, especially Southern ones, it used to be really, really hard for people of color to vote. The Voting Rights Act helped end that, essentially banning racism at the polls and carrying forward the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and so many others to ensure communities of color have a voice in our political process.
But in 2013, the Supreme Court -- by a 5-4 vote --undid a VRA provision that cleared barriers to voting in areas where minority voters were heavily silenced at the polls. They ruled that the VRA has "served its purpose" and "does not reflect racial progress" in America.
Within hours of the Supreme Court's decision, several states in the South immediately announced that they would pursue onerous new voter ID laws that were clearly designed to make it harder for African-Americans and Latinos to vote. And one year later, 15 states have already enacted rules making it more difficult to vote.
Voter discrimination based on race is not a thing of the past. It is a current reality that persists to this day. We need to stop Republicans in states around the country from enacting racist voter ID and voter suppression laws. Passing the Voting Rights Amendment Act now is the best way to do it.
We're joining with our allies for a petition delivery to Congress next week to urge the House and Senate to take swift action to correct this injustice.
The November elections are fast approaching, and vulnerable voters could lose their voice in this democracy if we don't act now.