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Supreme Court Will Decide Whether to Strike Down the Heart of Voting Rights Act

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Friday, November 9, 2012

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case brought by Shelby County, Alabama that challenges the constitutionality of the heart of the Voting Rights Act. 

The case, Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, involves a challenge to the federal “preclearance” provision of the Voting Rights Act, which requires states and jurisdictions with some of the worst histories of voting discrimination, such as Alabama, to have all voting changes reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice or D.C. District Court to ensure they are free from discrimination. 

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