Supreme Court Leaves Voting Rights Act Intact
The Supreme Court today turned back numerous challenges to the Act's advance approval requirement
Multiple cases were filed asking the Supreme Court to end the Voting Rights Act’s advance approval requirement that forces certain local governments to get federal permission before making changes to the way they hold elections. On Monday, the Court decided they would do no such thing.
Opponents argue that the restriction is outdated, but multiple examples in the past 10 years of various municipalities changing voting rules to disenfranchise blacks show that such may not be the case.
The justices avoided the issue in a case from Texas in 2009 and Congress renewed the provision in 2006 with a Republican majority for 25 more years.