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Shelby County v. Holder, 12-96

Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which provides the "coverage formula," defining the "covered jurisdictions" as States or political subdivisions that maintained tests or devices as prerequisites to voting, and had low voter registration or turnout, in the 1960s and early 1970s, is unconstitutional, and its formula can no longer be used as a basis for subjecting jurisdictions to the pre-clearance requirement of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/25/2013
  • Published 06/25/2013




  • United States Supreme Court


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