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Shelby County v. Holder
Citation:570 U.S. 529 (2013)
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Congress took a drastic departure from basic principles of federalism by enacting the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Section 5 of the Act required States to get federal permission before enacting any law related to voting. The Act also applied only to some States, again departing from the principle that all States enjoy equal sovereignty. Congress enacted the Act to address racial discrimination in voting. Data indicates that most States covered by the Act had more African-American voter turnout than that of white. There is no dispute that voting discrimination still exists today.
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