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Democracy Diminished: State and Local Threats to Voting Post-Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder


Democracy DiminishedThe NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), releases this report titled, Democracy Diminished: State and Local Threats to Voting Post-Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder (Shelby County), a detailed collection of state, county, and local voting changes — proposed or implemented — during the past three years since the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder. The Court’s decision in Shelby County eliminated the provision of the Act that for fifty years required jurisdictions with a history of voting discrimination to submit proposed changes to a federal authority for preclearance before implementation. The “preclearance provision” of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act has long been regarded as the most important means of protecting minority voters from voting discrimination. The Shelby County decision struck down the formula that brought state and local jurisdictions under Section 5’s preclearance protocol. The report released today was published by the Thurgood Marshall Institute, a research, policy and communications hub within LDF.

Defending Democracy

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and the NAACP have been tracking the rising tide of legislative measures designed to block access to the polls for voters of color. What our research has uncovered is a cause for grave concern: a coordinated and comprehensive assault has been launched against our voting rights.
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