A version of this story appeared in CNN's Race Deconstructed newsletter. To receive it each week in your mailbox, subscribe for free here . Earlier this month, the conservative 6-3 US Supreme Court essentially gave Republicans carte blanche to racially discriminate against voters. Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee , the court mutilated the landmark 1965 voting rights law, the protections of which had already been eroded in 2013. The case was a sobering reminder that while some Democrats like to respond to Republicans 'maneuvering to block access to the offices of vote saying voters just need to, well, vote, the problem isn't that voters don't show up. After all, in the Presidential election of 2020 Joe Biden won a record 81 million votes even as the United States was at the heart of the coronavirus pandemic.Read moreThe problem is that Republicans across the country continue to adopt legislation which restricts the votes for Americans - largely people of color - whom they do not believe deserve representationPolitical statement. See, for a moment, Georgia, which is the subject of a Justice Department lawsuit over state voter suppression laws that activists and Democratic lawmakers say target black Americans. Just saying 'I will vote ' was not enough after Slavery and Reconstruction; nor is it an adequate response to the current historic systemic attacks on voting rights , wrote Cliff Albright, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, in a target recent tweet . Put it a little different, Republicans have made it clear that they are eager to abuse and hijack voting rights to their advantage - and without l legislative actionand significant judicial reform to defend the sanctity of the ballot box, the party will eventually isolate itself from voters.Here are some major stories about the right to vote that highlight the stakes of this historic political moment: Drastic Movement of Texas Democrats What's Happening: Earlier this month, Texas Democrats suddenly left Lone Star State for Washington, in an extraordinary attempt to deny their Republican counterparts the quorum necessary to pass anti-voting rights legislation. It can be easy, in some ways, to view the move by Texas state lawmakers solely as a political performance: rb the normal order of things. But this way of thinking doesn't seem to understand why, exactly, the Democrats in Texas are so desperate; we even launched a campaign for top positions since arriving in Washington, hoping to oust the Republican who currently occupies the seat. Activists rally against Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), calling on them to remove legislative obstruction and pass the For the People project voting rights bill, before the United States Supreme Court on June 23, 2021. Why you should care: When there was a problem in Brnovich, there were two restrictive voting laws Republican-backed Arizona - where the Navajo Nation played a pivotal role in helping Biden put the reliable Red State in the Democratic column for just the second time in 68 years - the court ruling. will certainly embolden Republicans everywhere. In addition, Brnovich confirmed that the court's conservative justices never cared about safeguarding voting rights for everyone. Of course, they didn't come to the aid of Donald Trump in the 2020 contest, when the former presidentt swagger lied about widespread electoral fraud in cities with large black populations. But as the lawyer wrote Jay Willis in December , The biggest trick the conservative legal movement can hope to pull off is to convince people that he was never really a threat. Kagan is playing the game. long term. And it should be obvious what constituents they put in place to be the biggest losers.