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SCOTUS: Voting Rights Act, Sect. V Unconstitutional, as SLF argued

June 25, 2013

The Supreme Court of the United States today struck down Sect. IV of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional, citing the fact that the formula used to determine which local government units should be subject to ongoing enforcement by the U.S. Justice Department is based on decades-old data and eradicated practices.  SLF argued that Sect. IV formula was not rational and not based on current data - and that ongoing, costly pre-clearance and review by the Justice Department threatens equal sovereignty under the Constitution.  As noted, Congress will now have to develop a new formula that will undoubtedly result in many jurisdictions being released from ongoing enforcement -

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