Discussion Question#2 Chapter #5

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The Voting Rights Act of 1965 discussion. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson and aimed at overcoming the legal barriers that existed at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their voting rights as guaranteed under the 15th amendment to the U.S constitution. Section 4 of the act provided a formula of identifying the states and counties which were affected while section five provided preclearance of these affected areas. Establishment of this act was of great importance since in a democratic country all the citizens in that particular country are entitled to rights to vote in order to choose leaders of their own preference. The decision of Supreme Court made on 25th, June 2013 that held that section 4 and 5 of the act as unconstitutional surely caused adverse effects to the affected states and will linger causing these advance effects. The court through John Roberts who is the Chief Justice contended that the struck down of the sections IV and V of the Act was as a result of the changes that the country had undergone few years ago. “Our country has changed, and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions,” Roberts wrote (HuffPost). The legislation that would be made presently must solve the problem of racial discrimination and at the same time reflect the current conditions. The struck down of section 4 and 5 of the Act meant that these affected states and counties would no longer be identified and were free to make changes to the voting laws without the need of seeking a

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