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 laws, is based on decades-old data on race and that the prevalent discriminatory practices it...

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