High Court Strikes Down Key Provision In Voting Rights Act

Law360, New York (June 25, 2013, 11:12 AM EDT) -- A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that determines which states and counties must seek federal review before changing their voting procedures, declaring it unconstitutional and defeating a central piece of civil rights legislation.

In a 5-4 vote, the nation’s high court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which lays out the “coverage formula” that Congress uses to define which states and counties must get federal approval before changing their voting...
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