Federal court hears new Voting Rights Act challenge

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] heard arguments Wednesday on a new challenge to the Voting Rights Act of Act of 1965 (VRA) [materials]. Arguing before Judge John Bates, officials representing Shelby County, Alabama, together with a corps of conservative activists, argued that it is no longer constitutionally justifiable to subject Alabama and certain other statesvirtually all Southernto Section 5 [DOJ backgrounder] pre-clearance rules under the VRA, requiring them to clear…

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