In 1965, five months after Bloody Sunday which marked the peak of the American civil rights movement, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Now, the act is under intense scrutiny as Supreme Court Justices consider the challenges to the Act brought forth by Alabama’s Shelby County. In the case of Shelby County v. Holder, Shelby County is questioning the need for Section 5 of the Act, which is the provision that requires nine mostly Southern states and some jurisdictions in seven other states to get approval from the Justice Department, known as “preclearance”, before making any changes to their voting laws.
Take a look at Google News to find links to various articles and discussions regarding this latest controversy, http://bit.ly/16lU8Eq. Or, head over to the Supreme Court of the United States Blog (SCOTUSblog) for details and information related to the case.
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Resources in HeinOnline:
- Public Law 89-110 – 79 Stat. 437 – Text of the Public Law
- 1035+ Articles that Cite the Public Law
- Full-text Legislative History of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
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