Stalled Voting Rights Act amendment leaves voters vulnerable, critics say

WASHINGTON — Almost six months after lawmakers unveiled bipartisan legislation aimed at amending the gutted Voting Rights Act, the bill is languishing in Congress, leaving voters vulnerable to discrimination, critics say. 
In the summer of 2013, the Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which required states with a history of voting discrimination to clear any changes to their voting laws with the Department of Justice. The court, however, also said in the majority ruling that Congress was free to come up with a new formula for which states would face additional scrutiny, taking into account their more recent brushes with voting rights infringements.

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Stalled Voting Rights Act amendment leaves voters vulnerable, critics say

WASHINGTON — Almost six months after lawmakers unveiled bipartisan legislation aimed at amending the gutted Voting Rights Act, the bill is languishing in Congress, leaving voters vulnerable to discrimination, critics say. 

In the summer of 2013, the Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which required states with a history of voting discrimination to clear any changes to their voting laws with the Department of Justice. The court, however, also said in the majority ruling that Congress was free to come up with a new formula for which states would face additional scrutiny, taking into account their more recent brushes with voting rights infringements.

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