IT SEEMS to me that a simple solution for addressing problems with the formula used to decide which jurisdictions should require preclearance under the Voting Rights Act is that they all should require preclearance. Changes in voting hours, procedures, and locations are not so common that they couldn’t all be submitted for approval in advance. Most would require only the lightest scrutiny. Any changes that smack of political partisanship should be denied.
The Deep South is not the only part of the country where politicians have tried to play fast and loose with voting procedures. Consider Pennsylvania’s attempt to require photo ID for the 2012 elections. The Pennsylvania house majority leader said (out loud!) that its enactment would guarantee Pennsylvania for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, for crying out loud!