By A 5-to-4 Decision, The SCOTUS Strikes Down Section Four Of Voting Rights Act Of 1965Submitted by emalvini on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 10:26
By A 5-to-4 Decision, The SCOTUS Strikes Down Section Four Of Voting Rights Act Of 1965
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Transcript of Voting Rights Act (1965)
by Eyder Peralta
June 25, 201310:12 AM
By a five-to-four decision, the Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act that establishes a formula to identify states that may require extra scrutiny by the Justice Department.
The decision focuses on section four of the Act.
Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts writes that the decision "in no way affects the permanent, nationwide ban on racial discrimination in voting found in [Section] two. We issue no holding on [Section] five itself, only on the coverage formula. Congress may draft another formula based on current conditions."
Legal scholar Jeffrey Toobin tells CNN that the court has effectively said "times have changed so much that the formula [for deciding which states deserve extra scrutiny] is invalid."
And by striking Section 4, he said, "in practice, the other section of the law – Section 5 — is dormant."