Conservative Justices Question Need For Voting LawSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 23:34
Conservative Justices Question Need For Voting Law
February 27th, 2013
12:31 PM ET
Posted by CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears
Washington (CNN) - A predictably divided Supreme Court appeared ready to strike down – at least in part – the key enforcement provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, with many conservative justices on Wednesday suggesting it was a constitutionally unnecessary vestige of the civil rights era.
Known as Section 5, it gives the federal government open-ended oversight of states and localities mostly in the South with a history of voter discrimination.
Any changes in voting laws and procedures in all or parts of 16 covered states must be "pre-cleared" with Washington. That could include something as simple as moving a polling place temporarily across the street.