Daily Archives: Friday 8 February 2013

Legal News of the Day: SCOTUSBlog Will Host Online Symposium on the Voting Rights Act

On Wednesday, February 27, the Supreme Court will hear the oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder.   The case will consider the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Section 5 prohibits states with a history of racial bias from making changes to election procedures without approval from either a special federal court in Washington or the Department of Justice.

SCOTUSBlog is hosting another excellent online symposium on the case, starting off with “Voting Rights Case: Made Simple” by Lyle Denniston, which breaks down the case in layman’s terms.