Decision could come soon on Shelby County challenge of portions of Voting Rights Act

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SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE:  The Supreme Court says a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced until Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require close federal monitoring of elections.

The justices said in 5-4 ruling Tuesday that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on 40-year-old data that doesn’t reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. society. A decision could come as soon as this week on Shelby County’s challenge of two provisions of the Voting Rights Act.

To learn more on Tuesday’s ruling CLICK HERE. 

According to the Shelby County attorney, if the Supreme Court rules in Shelby County’s favor, the case could impact every jurisdiction required to seek preclearance from the Department of Justice before making any changes that could impact voters.

The Supreme Court could uphold sections 4B and 5, or it could strike down those parts of the Voting Rights Act.

In addition, the Supreme Court could choose to do neither.

Shelby County’s argument that this law was never meant to be in place for more than five years, and the conditions of discrimination towards voters that preceded it no longer exist, at least in Shelby County.

Opponents say striking down these parts of the law would be devastating to the 15th Amendment and could set the stage for future discrimination.

CBS42’s Mike McClanahan will have more on this story tonight on CBS42 News at 10.

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