Supreme Court strikes down Section 4 of Voting Rights Act

Bobby Blanchard

The Supreme Court of the United States has struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act and is requiring Congress to figure out new ways to determine which states require stricter federal monitoring.

Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act establishes a formula to determine which states and areas need more "stringent" monitoring to prevent discrimination against minority voters.  However, in a decision on Monday, the Court called the section unconstitutional, and is requiring Congress to revisit the Voting Rights Act. The Court did not strike down Section 5, which requires certain states or areas to seek advance approval.

Texas has been the center of several voting controversies in the past year. Recently, Texas Gov. Rick Perry had to call a special session on the 83rd legislature on redistricting because previously redistricting maps were struck down by a federal court.

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