SCOTUS Strikes Down Key Section of Voting Rights Act

    With images of murdered Mississippi civil rights worker Medgar Evers, demonstrators rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court February 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. Leaders from Congress joined civil rights icons to rally as the court prepared to hear oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, a legal challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

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    In a decision that will have major repercussions for future elections, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which mandated which regions with a history of racial discrimination had to get federal approval for changes in election law. The court didn’t rule out the practice of requiring special oversight for certain jurisdictions, but it did say that the current map is outdated and that it’s up to Congress to decide on a new one. Obviously, any attempt to legislate a new map would be incredibly contentious. The President said he was "deeply disappointed."

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