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AZ seeks Supreme Court relief on Voting Rights Act
11-19-2012, 08:54 AM
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AZ seeks Supreme Court relief on Voting Rights Act
Quote:Three days after the Nov. 6 election, when many Americans happily made voting a memory, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that some legal experts say could lead to the biggest shake-up in voting law in nearly a half-century.

The court will weigh a key portion of the Voting Rights Act, a law that has changed little over 40 years and for decades has placed Arizona and eight other states under federal scrutiny for suspected discrimination.

Supporters of the lawsuit, which involves an Alabama county, say their efforts could once again put every state and locality on equal legal footing and evaluate anew whether minorities are treated unfairly anywhere.

The Obama administration and other opponents say the case robs Congress of its constitutional authority to oversee voting rights, and could strip away progress made in boosting minority participation in elections.

"Arizona is my natural native home. Nobody in his right mind would want to live here.”
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