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Voting Rights Act Altered in Controversial Supreme Court Ruling

Voting Rights Act Altered in Controversial Supreme Court Ruling

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The Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday in a controversial ruling.
The Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday in a controversial ruling.

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Published by: The Hollywood Gossip on Jun 25, 2013
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Voting Rights Act Altered in Controversial Supreme CourtRuling
byFree Britneyat June 25, 2013 1:20 pm
The Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act Tuesday in a controversial 5-4 ruling that left somecivil rights advocates irate.That part of the law designates which parts of the country must have changes to their voting laws cleared by the federalgovernment or in federal court.The5-4 ruling was authoredby Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.They ruled in Shelby County v. Holder that “things have changed dramatically” in the South in the 48 years since theVoting Rights Act was signed in 1965.The court’s opinion said it did not strike down the act of Congress “lightly,” but felt it "had no choice but to declare[Section 4] unconstitutional."The formula devised in that section, the SCOTUS determined, "can no longer be used as a basis for subjecting jurisdictions to preclearance.”“While any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy thatproblem speaks to current conditions,” Roberts wrote.The Voting Rights Act has recently been used to block a voter ID law in Texas and delay the implementation of another

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