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Last week the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act which established a formula to identify those areas in our country where racial discrimination in voting was prevalent.
The court upheld all of Section 5, which requires those affected states to have changes to their voting laws cleared by the Justice Department or a federal court in Washington before they go into effect. The court ruled that the current formula, in Section 4, that determines which states are covered by Section 5 is unconstitutional, effectively eliminating Section 5 enforcement.
Now it's going to take a literal "Act of Congress" to come up with and agree upon a new formula to determine which parts of the country must seek Washington's approval, prior to making any election changes. Alabama cannot afford to go back in time to a place in our history of inequality and it's now on our to watch ensure this state moves forward with fair and equal treatment of all citizens.
I'm Vanessa Oubre, that's My Take what's yours?
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