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Voting Rights Act: 48-year-old landmark law dealt a blow with the stroke of a pen

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By Charles Graham
July 25, 2013

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was recently modified in June 2013 by the U.S. Supreme Court. The changes affect key provisions of the act, specifically Sections 4 and 5. Section 4, which deals with a complicated formula the federal government uses to determine which states and counties are subject to continued oversight, was created in 1972 with bi-partisan support and was struck down by the Supreme Court.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was recently modified in June 2013 by the U.S. Supreme Court. The changes affect key provisions of the act, specifically Sections 4 and 5. Section 4, which deals with a complicated formula the federal government uses to determine which states and counties are subject to continued oversight, was created in 1972 with bi-partisan support and was struck down by the Supreme Court.

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