The Future of Voting Rights after Shelby

November 14, 2013
11:50 AM - 1:50 PM
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016
Room 401



In Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court effectively nullified Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act by holding that the “current burdens” imposed by the law were not properly “justified by current needs.”  By a 5-to-4 vote, the Court ruled that the provision that determined where Section 5 applied, Section 4(b), was unconstitutional, reasoning that the coverage formula relied on old data that did not provide an adequate response to modern conditions and thus imposed an undue encumbrance on the constitutional principles of federalism and equal sovereignty of the states.  With a key provision of the Voting Rights Act invalidated, formerly covered jurisdictions are now free to enact voting changes without federal review – unless and until Congress enacts new legislation to address the problem of discriminatory voting laws and procedures.  This panel will address the impact of the Shelby County decision and discuss how voting rights enforcement capabilities can be reinvigorated.


Sponsored by WCL American Constitution Society and co-sponsored by WCL Democrats



WCL Alumni, AU & WCL Students, Faculty & Staff – no charge
General Public - No Charge
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