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Supreme Court To Hear Challenge To Landmark Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON (November 9, 2012)—The U.S. 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 agreed 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., argues that 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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