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The Future of the Voting Rights Act: Shelby County v. Holder
The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Shelby County v. Holder on February 27. The case, brought by an Alabama county, challenges the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act just four years after the Court reviewed a similar case inNorthwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder. Voting rights advocates contend that Section 5 has been and continues to be a critical tool in combating efforts to disenfranchise minority voters. Is Section 5 still needed? What constitutional questions are in play in this case? What are the potential implications for congressional action aimed at combating discrimination in other contexts? What challenges lie ahead? This event will explore these and other questions in a thought-provoking discussion on the future of the Voting Rights Act.