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The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, which is intended to end a requirement forcing Alabama and other southern states to get Department of Justice approval to change its voting procedures and electoral maps. The SCOTUS decision is expected in June.
The 2006 Reauthorization of Section 5
The decision to reauthorize Section 5 came at the heals of twenty-one hearings and over ninety witness testimonies, resulting in over 1,500 pages of records. Articulated by Spencer Overton, a Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School:
“Congress did not simply rely on the existing coverage formula, but instead was guided by the extensive evidentiary record that showed contemporary discrimination in voting remains concentrated in covered jurisdictions.”
Seriously, the south has a nerve to say they’ve “changed,” when Florida one of the largest states, did all it could to suppress BLACK VOTERS. And let’s not forget about the efforts to change voting laws in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
Here’s a recap of what’s happening in Alabama and why the state feels it’s changed.
From the Shelby County argument- follow the challenge here on SCOTUS BLOG.
By Tom Goldstein on Feb 27, 2013 at 10:55 am
Following through on the deep constitutional concerns stated in its priorNorthwest Austin decision, a majority of the Court seems committed to invalidating Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and requiring Congress to revisit the formula for requiring preclearance of voting changes.The vote seems quite likely to be five to four.
The more liberal members pressed both the narrow argument that an Alabama county was not a proper plaintiff because it inevitably would be covered and the broader argument that there was a sufficient record to justify the current formula. But the more conservative majority was plainly not persuaded by either point. It is unlikely that the Court will write an opinion forbidding a preclearance regime. But it may be difficult politically for Congress to enact a new measure. More analysis soon.
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Do you think the SCOTUS will uphold Ssection 5 of the Voting Rights Act?