Updated: Supreme Court Begins Oral Arguments on Section 5

Updated, Wednesday, 1:08 p.m.:

Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act appears to be in danger of being overturned, according to various news outlets covering oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.

“A majority of the Court seems committed to invalidating Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and requiring Congress to revisit the formula for requiring preclearance of voting changes. The vote seems quite likely to be five to four,” wrote Tom Goldstein, the publisher of SCOTUS blog, the high court’s official blog site, soon after arguments began.

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