Supreme Court To Take Up Voting Rights Act Challenge

The Supreme Court will take up a case that could affect the way states with a history of racial discrimination make changes to their voting laws, SCOTUSblog reported Friday.

The justices will decide whether Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act violates the Constitution by forcing certain states to get changes to voting laws cleared by either the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division or a panel of three federal judges in Washington, D.C. The Voting Rights Act was originally passed in 1965 and has been renewed four times.