Governing bodies throughout Georgia and the South no longer need federal approval to change voting procedures, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a landmark revision of civil rights law.
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The Department of Justice has rejected proposed voting changes in Georgia 12 times since 2000 under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Here is a list of those cases, with links to the DOJ decision.
Jan. 11, 2000 – Webster County Board of Education redistricting
March 17, 2000 – City of Tignall changes to stagger council elections, majority vote requirement
Oct. 1, 2001 – City of Ashburn changes to numbered council districts, majority vote requirement
Aug. 9, 2002 – Putnam County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education redistricting
Sept. 23, 2002 – City of Albany Board of Commissioners redistricting
Oct. 15, 2002 – Marion County Board of Education redistricting
Sept. 12, 2006 – Randolph County reassigning a school board member from one district to another
May 29, 2009 – State of Georgia citizenship verification program for voter registration applications
Nov. 30, 2009 – Lowndes County Board of Commissioners redistricting
April 13, 2012 – Greene County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education redistricting
Aug. 27, 2012 — Long County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education redistricting
Dec. 21, 2012 – State of Georgia moved election date for mayoral and commissioner elections in consolidated Augusta-Richmond County