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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Supreme Court to Re-examine Voting Rights Act

Are protections for voting rights still needed after President Obama’s historic election?

Will archconservatives on the Court use this case as a vehicle to turn its back on voting rights, re-assert "states' rights" and reject the federal oversight needed to protect all voters?

Supreme Court hears arguments today.

The landmark Voting Rights Act (VRA), originally enacted into law in 1965, establishes comprehensive safeguards against discrimination in voting based on race, color, national origin or language status. The Act is widely regarded as one of the most successful laws ever enacted by Congress.

The major question the Supreme Court confronts is exactly what standard Congress must use in federal oversight of state and local voting.

Read more about this case, Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder, et al., No. 08-322.

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