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Preclearance, is considered the single most effective civil rights tool in American history, because it blocks bad policies before they can take root and spread harm across generations. Preclearance was created to combat the pernicious methods Southern states used to stop black people from voting after the 15th Amendment prohibited the states from doing so outright.It lifted a burden off voters who would need to battle discriminatory laws in court, costing hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dollars.This changed in 2013 when a conservative majority on SCOTUS gutted preclearance, resulting in a wave of voter suppression, including No, Carolina and Texas reinstating discriminatory voter ID laws that had been blocked. But the court also acknowledged that Congress can still legislate preclearance in places that discriminate. State legislatures have even broader authority to do so.'

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"They can stop discriminating. Ill-conceived policies that disproportionately harm or intentionally discriminate against people of color result in lasting, often irreparable damage... Some people might object that preclearance would be too burdensome or bureaucratic and that it would undermine the autonomy of states and cities. But as state attorneys general (including Ms. Harris, a former California attorney general) who dealt with preclearance have acknowledged, its benefits far outweigh the costs. And the expertise already exists to do preclearance effectively: The administrative process that was in place before the decision in Shelby County v. Holder had been streamlined to minimize its burdens."

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