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High court to take new look at voting rights law

2 years ago Friday, November 09, 2012 12:22:38 PM CST November 09, 2012 Friday, November 09 2012 Nov 9, 2012 in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says it will consider eliminating the government's chief weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s.

Acting three days after the election, the justices are agreeing Friday to hear a constitutional challenge to the part of the landmark Voting Rights Act that requires all or parts of 16 states with a history of discrimination in voting to get federal approval before making any changes in the way they hold elections.

The appeal from Shelby County, Ala., says state and local governments covered by the law have made significant progress and no longer should be forced to live under oversight from Washington.

The high court considered the same issue three years ago, but sidestepped what Chief Justice John Roberts then called "a difficult constitutional question."

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