June 25, 2013

SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN SECTION 4 OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT, according to ScotusBlog. “Holding: Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. Its formula can no longer be used as a basis for subjecting jurisdictions to preclearance. . . . “Our decision in no way affects the permanent, nationwide ban on racial discrimination in voting found in [Section] 2. We issue no holding on [Section] 5 itself, only on the coverage formula. Congress may draft another formula based on current conditions.”

UPDATE: Here’s the opinion, in PDF.

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