Areas covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act
The Supreme Court has ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. Section 4 is the basis for which jurisdictions covered in Section 5 are selected. Now, lawmakers must update the formula used for selecting jurisdictions.
Section 5 required nine states, including Alaska, and individual jurisdictions around the country to get federal approval before changing voting or election laws to ensure they do not have a harmful impact on minority voters. Read the latest updates.
SOURCE: Department of Justice. GRAPHIC: Wilson Andrews - The Washington Post.