Bipartisan group releases plan to fix Voting Rights Act

January 16, 2014

Four states would have to run voting law changes by the federal government under a new bipartisan bill.

The bill reinstates oversight lost when the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the decades-old Voting Rights Act in June. In that ruling, the court found that the formula used to identify states whose voting laws still needed to be watched over for fear of discriminatory practices was outdated. In its ruling, the court did not strike down the right of the federal government to oversee changes to local voting laws; it merely struck down the rubric being used. The bill offers new guidelines for which states qualify and was proposed by Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and John Conyers (D-Mich.) along with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

Read more

Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.
Comments
Show Comments

Get Read In in your inbox

Sign up for the morning tip sheet on politics.

Most Read Politics
Next Story
Aaron Blake · January 16, 2014