Monday, October 20th, 2014

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part Of Voting Rights Act

US-Supreme-CourtThe US Supreme Court's decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act means Arizona's new law changing how elections are conducted will go into effect without federal approval.

Alessandra Soler with the ACLU of Arizona says the decision means the so-called election reform measure signed last week by Governor Jan Brewer will not need to get pre-clearance from the Justice Department.

Any changes to Arizona election laws have required federal pre-clearance since 1975.  Governor Brewer issued a statement after the court's decision saying Arizona has been trapped, “under the thumb of the federal government for nearly four decades," and calling the decision a victory for states' rights and sovereignty.

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