High Court Strikes Down Key Provision of Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional, a major blow to supporters of oversight of voting laws that they say protects against discrimination.

The ruling in Texas means that now the state's controversial law requiring voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot can be implemented.

Section 4 applies to the formulas that determine which territories are subject to preclearance by Congress under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, including Texas. Section 5 is the reason the state’s legislative and congressional district maps, as well as its ...

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