A bipartisan group of lawmakers proposed legislation on Thursday to repair and expand the Voting Rights Act of 1965, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that gutted one of the nation’s most powerful tools to fight voter discrimination.
The Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 would address the Supreme Court’s reasons for striking down how the law determined which jurisdictions were required to win preclearance for changes in voting practices from a federal court or the U.S. Department of Justice.
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