Congress and the U.S. Department of Justice last week began an effort to restore voting rights enforcement in the aftermath of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that gutted a key provision of the historic law.

Senate Democrats and House Repub­licans held hearings to explore how Congress might fix the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and its newly unconstitutional Section 4, which set out the formula that determined when a state or local jurisdiction needed federal or court approval before implementing electoral changes.

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