Voting Rights Act 1965

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Once-powerful Democrats are challenging legislative districts drawn by Alabama Republicans that have helped shrink Democratic representation to just eight seats in the state Senate - all of them from districts in which African-Americans are a majority.

Black Democrats say the GOP did it by misusing a landmark voting-rights law, intended to ensure the right to vote for southern blacks, to instead limit their voting strength. They argue that Republicans relied too heavily on race to draw new electoral maps following the 2010 census.

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Activists in Selma say they're pushing to have Aug. 6 nationally recognized as voting rights day to commemorate the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

Leaders of the Save OurSelves Movement said Wednesday they're starting a community effort to build awareness of the idea.

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the law, and they say protests are possible if Congress doesn't restore parts of the law struck down by the Supreme Court.

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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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Supporters of the federal Voting Rights Act are planning a series of events across Alabama to highlight the importance of the law.

   Activities are being held in Selma, Huntsville, Montgomery, Birmingham and other cities on Tuesday in conjunction with what organizers are calling "National Voting Rights Day."

   The Supreme Court recently overturned a key section of the law, and activists are trying to draw attention to their claims that the act is still needed.