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Civil rights under threat as states plan assault on anti-discrimination laws

Friday, September 7, 2012

Activists cry foul as Republican-led legislatures plan showdown with US government over key provision of Voting Rights Act

A rash of legal challenges to a core piece of US civil rights legislation is threatening the foundations of nearly half a century of laws to combat racial discrimination.

Republican-led state legislatures from Florida and Texas to Alaska have engineered a series of legal showdowns with the federal government over the 1965 Voting Rights Act that, following several court rulings last week, appear likely to end up before a US supreme court which has already hinted it is ready to revisit the heart of the law.

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