Letters to the Editor

February 25, 2013

We still need the Voting Rights Act

On Feb. 27, at the end of Black History Month, one of the landmark pieces of civil rights legislation in our country’s history will be on trial: the Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Shelby County (Ala.) v. Holder, which challenges the VRA’s Section 5. That requires Alabama and South Carolina and other jurisdictions with histories of discrimination in voting to get advance approval or “pre-clearance” for any changes in their voting practices, to ensure they do not have a discriminatory purpose or effect.

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