Court Guts Voting Rights Act

The justices' ruling invalidates a key provision in the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Voting Rights Act protesters on the steps of the Supreme Court (Getty Images)

Any changes in voting laws and procedures in those covered states — including much of the South — must be “pre-cleared” with Washington. That could include something as simple as moving a polling place temporarily across the street.

The two key provisions were reauthorized by Congress in 2006 for another 25 years and officials in Shelby County, Alabama, subsequently filed suit, saying the monitoring was overly burdensome and unwarranted.

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