Under Section 5 of the statute, which was first enacted in 1965 and last extended by Congress in 2006, state and local government entities with a history of discrimination must get federal approval of changes to their voting laws. Although some say times have changed enough that such review is no longer needed, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit last year said it wasn’t up to the judicial branch to second-guess federal lawmakers on the issue and upheld the law challenged by Shelby County, Ala., the Washington Post reports. The case is Shelby County v. Holder. … [Read more...] about US Supreme Court to Review Voting Rights Act Case Out of Shelby County, Ala.
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In Shelby County v. Holder, 570 U.S. ___ (2013) (slip op.) the Supreme Court held that § 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act – the formula used to determine “covered jurisdictions” that must submit any changes in voting procedure to federal authorities for pre-clearance – is unconstitutional. That portion of the Voting Rights Act was designed to prevent discrimination in voting by requiring all state and local governments with a history of voting discrimination to get approval from the federal government before making any changes to their voting laws or procedures, no matter how small. The court did not strike down § 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which mandates pre-clearance. The effect of striking down § 4(b), however, is to render the preclearance provisions in § 5 powerless. Congress still has the opportunity to create a new formula, based on current conditions, to determine which jurisdictions must submit to preclearance under … [Read more...] about Shelby County v. Holder Decision Has Broad Impact on Voting Rights Act Compliance
Upping the ante in a hard-fought battle for control of Maricopa County, Ariz., that some observers fear has threatened the rule of law there, the county’s board of supervisors is reportedly expected to consider tomorrow whether to fire the private law firm that has been representing the sheriff’s office in multiple controversial litigation matters. … [Read more...] about Maricopa County Supervisors Exchange Fire with Ogletree Deakins Over Sheriff’s Suits
In a post on his mayoral Facebook page, Tran said he will run for the District 3 supervisor seat, which is currently held by Dave Cortese, and covers the whole of Milpitas, along with large swaths of San Jose, much of Sunnyvale and a vast expanse of unincorporated county land in the hills. … [Read more...] about Milpitas Mayor Rich Tran planning 2020 run for county supervisor
Alexander Wharton, an attorney for the Black Voter Project, told The Commercial Appeal that he was disappointed in the appeals court ruling. Wharton said his biggest concern is that people are told how to fix registration applications so that they don't make the same mistake on Election Day, possibly invalidating their provisional ballot. … [Read more...] about Concerns over voter registrations loom in Tennessee county