The Voting Rights Act
Since 1965, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) has protected minority voters at the polls.
In June 2013, in a huge blow to democracy, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the coverage formula used for Section 5 of the VRA, which required jurisdictions with significant histories of voter discrimination to “pre-clear” any new voting practices or procedures, i.e., get federal approval from the Department of Justice, and show that they do not have a discriminatory purpose or effect.
Importantly, however, the 5-4 decision did not strike down Section 5 itself, leaving it to Congress to devise a new coverage formula. The ACLU is working with Congress to do just that.
- Press ReleaseJune 25, 2013
- NewsOctober 8, 2015
- ReportNovember 12, 2019