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   Supreme Court sidesteps ruling on Voting Rights Act

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6/22/2009 4:00 pm

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Entered 6/22/2009, Updated 6/22/2009

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USA TODAY's Joan Biskupic reports that the Supreme Court has declined to decide whether a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is constitutional, sidestepping by an 8-1 vote the question at the heart of a closely watched case. The disputed provision gives the U.S. Justice Department power to review proposed election law changes in several states, mostly in the South, and many other counties and municipalities, where race discrimination has been most flagrant. The case was shaping up to be a defining test of an ideologically split court that has been increasingly suspicious of government policies attempting to remedy racial bias. Yet, Biskupic reports, the justices opted to avoid the constitutional question and, rather, narrowly decided that it should be easier for certain political jurisdictions to be exempt from the so-called pre-clearance requirements. The decision generally would allow all places that can show that they have not used a forbidden voting test or other discriminatory measure for 10 years to be free of Justice Department oversight.


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