Posted: June 25, 2013
Supreme Court: Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act Unconstitutional
In a 5-4 opinion, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, the provision setting forth the formula for determining the jurisdictions subject to federal pre-clearance requirements. Chief Justice Roberts authored the opinion, which states that Congress may draft a new formula based on current conditions. Justice Thomas concurred while Justice Ginsberg dissented, joined by Justices Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan. The case is Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.