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Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky
Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder
Citation:570 U.S. 529 (2013)
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The Voting Rights Act of 1965 required States to obtain federal permission before enacting any law related to voting and the requirement applied to only some States. Congress enacted the Act to address entrenched racial discrimination in voting. The requirements were originally scheduled to be effective only for five years but 50 years later, they are still in effect and are scheduled to last until 2031. Survey shows the racial gap in voter registration and turnout was lower in the States covered by the Act than it was nationwide. Shelby County, Alabama, sued the Attorney General in federal district court in Washington, D.C., arguing that sections 4(b) and 5 of the Act are facially unconstitutional.
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