I'm a bit ashamed to be pimping SCOTUSblog out so hard (though I'm not massively engaged in this area, so they're about the only folks I follow for it) but I'm in love with their Shelby commentary re: rigidity as it relates to location in combating race based voting rights violations in a flexible, changing world.<quoted text>
I haven't read the entire opinion, just skimmed the first few pages. In a nutshell, it looks like the Court found that Section 4 was a Constitutional restriction upon states' rights to administer elections when it was first enacted, but times have changed, and the locales previously falling under Section 4 no longer meet the criteria demonstrating evidence of racial discrimination in election processes necessary for enforcement.
I tend to agree, but racism still exists. This forum is clear evidence of that.
Though I'm not entirely confident that we're going to wind up with a modern fix that's as effective and flexible in a context where less public attention is pointed at the issue.