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Ehrlich misleading on voting rights

8:15 AM EDT, July 17, 2013

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Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. is entitled to his belief that the Supreme Court did the right thing in striking at the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 ("Court's Voting Rights Act ruling should be a cause for celebration," July 14). He is not entitled to misleadingly quote from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent.

"Even Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg's dissenting opinion cites the 'impressive' voting rights progress that has taken place in the impacted states [subject to pre-clearance of voting changes by the U.S. Justice Department]," writes the former governor.

This is what Justice Ginsburg wrote: "True, conditions in the South have impressively improved since passage of the Voting Rights Act. Congress noted this improvement and found that the VRA was the driving force behind it."

The former governor owes an apology to the justice and his readers.

Del. Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg, Baltimore

The writer, a Democrat, represents Baltimore District 41 in the Maryland House of Delegates.