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Is section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 still justified by current needs?

The Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in the case of Shelby County v Holder. Section 5 prohibits certain “covered jurisdictions” from making any change in their voting procedures without first demonstrating to either the Attorney General or a three-judge district court in Washington that the change “neither has the purpose nor will have the effect of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race or color.”

  • Nov 14 2012: What do you believe? Tell this to Congress. They have felt it was until fairly recently.
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    Nov 14 2012: As voter suppression in America's most recent election was specifically aimed at the black and Latino communities, it should be retained until racism ends.