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2:50 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Shelby County V. Holder: One Year Later

Janai Nelson is the Associate Director-Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

It's been one year since the Supreme Court ruled a key provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. In Shelby County, Alabama versus Holder the ruling says states with a history of chronic racial discrimination no longer needed to get Justice Department approval for changes to voting rules. Janai Nelson is the Associate Director-Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez talked with Nelson about the act, and how violations outlawed by the measure are now re-appearing.

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Politics & Government
6:42 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Civil Rights Leaders Promise to Protest Ruling

State Senator Hank Sanders is urging Alabamians to participate in a recreation of the March on Washington in August.
Birmingham News/Michelle Williams

Alabama civil rights leaders say they'll be creative as they plan ways to protest the Supreme Court decision to throw out part of the landmark Voting Rights Act.

   Speaking at a news conference on the Capitol steps in Montgomery on Thursday, Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma urged Alabama residents to participate in an Aug. 24 recreation of the March on Washington.

   He also encouraged local protests of the ruling, which black leaders say pushes back gains made since the 1960s.

Politics & Government
8:21 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Ala Democratic Leaders Bash Supreme Court Ruling

The Supreme Court is setting aside the part of the Voting Rights Act that requires federal approval for changes to election practices in the South.

Two estranged leaders of Alabama's Democratic Party are united in their criticism of a Supreme Court decision on voting rights.

   Both Alabama Democratic Conference leader Joe Reed and former party chairman Mark Kennedy say they'll do what they can to fight the decision released Tuesday.

   A majority of the justices sided with Republican-controlled Shelby County in ruling that a key part of the 1965 law can't be enforced without new congressional action.

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