Tuesday, the Supreme Court effectively struck down the requirement that certain states and counties, including all governments in Georgia, “pre-clear” all election changes with the U.S. Justice Department (Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act). The court found that those places were still being singled out on the basis of a 40-year old formula (Section 4 of the act) that is no longer valid.
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Staff writers David Wickert, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy contributed to this report.