Voting Rights Act

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The Fight For Voting Rights, 50 Years Later

As this day marks the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington, the New York Times editorializes on how the fight for voting rights continues.

Despite vast progress, the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting the Voting Rights Act only opens the door to more struggles in the states.

FIGHT FOR VOTING RIGHTS: Rally at Supreme Court tomorrow

Tomorrow the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Shelby County v. Holder, a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires all or parts of 16 “covered” states with long histories and contemporary records of voting discrimination to seek approval from the federal government for voting changes. The court is questioning whether Section 5 remains a necessary remedy for ongoing discrimination.