Zack Roth's Twice Inaccurate Story on the Voting Rights Act at MSNBC

Zack Roth has this story at MSNBC on the Voting Rights Act, and it is riddled with inaccuracies. (Read about his earlier racialist attack on the lawyer for Shelby County.)First, the most obvious one:In at least some cases, the courts disagree. The Justice Department last year used Section 5 to block a photo ID law in South Carolina and an effort to reduce early voting days in Florida, moves that were upheld by the courts. Studies have shown that African-Americans are more likely than whites to lack a photo ID, and to take advantage of early voting, including during “Souls to the Polls” drives that often are held after church services on the Sunday before the election.Someone get Zack an editor that subscribes to a newspaper. The court in the South Carolina voter ID did NOT concur with the Justice Department. To write otherwise is either a lazy oversight or an outright lie. Both options speak volumes about MSNBC.Then there is the second subtle inaccuracy:Photo ID laws, I think, are color-blind,” said Sensenbrenner. “There is not the overwhelming evidence that, for example, voter ID or early voting discriminate on a race-based matter.”Of course the 2006 revisions of Section 5 by the Republican Congress no longer require "overwhelming evidence" that a law discriminates before it can be objected to by DOJ. In fact, it doesn't require any evidence that a law discriminate. It actually shifts the burden onto the state to prove the absence of evidence that a law discriminates. The government need not produce "overwhelming" evidence; the state must prove there is no evidence. Get it? Naturally, Roth made no effort to present the law accurately. ...