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letters | high court rules on voting and marriage

Law should reflect a changing nation

RE JOAN VENNOCHI’S column “Progress, regress” (Op-ed, June 27):

I’m baffled by the refrain, repeated by Vennochi and others, against the ruling that struck down that part of Voting Rights Act tailored to the electoral conditions of 1972. How can those who call themselves “progressives” still assert that nothing, absolutely nothing, has changed about race relations since the data used in the act were gathered? For a sense of exactly how outdated the data are, consider this: The information was compiled when Ed Markey was running for the state House of Representatives.

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