The future of the Voting Rights Act seemed in peril on Wednesday, as conservative members of the Supreme Court expressed strong doubt about its constitutionality during arguments in a case challenging the law's preclearance provisions, which require that certain jurisdictions submit proposed changes in voting procedures to the Justice Department to prevent dilution of minority voting power. Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote will be crucial, voiced concern about the differential treatment of states under the law.
High Court Questions Legality of Voting Rights Act
The National Law Journal
April 30, 2009