Legal Alert - Supreme Court Invalidates Voting Rights Act Formula: Arizona and Other Covered Jurisdictions Are No Longer Subject to the Preclearance Requirement
by Michael T. Liburdi, Michelle M. Carr, Adam E. Lang and Eric H. Spencer
The United States Supreme Court (the Court) struck down part of the Voting Rights Act (the Act) this week, freeing nine states, including Arizona, and dozens of counties from federal oversight of their voting laws.
Congress enacted the Act in 1965 to reduce racial discrimination in voting. Section 5 of the Act requires that certain “covered jurisdictions” obtain preclearance from the Department of Justice before implementing changes to their voting procedures.