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Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder
The (Un)Constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act
The Honorable John Neiman
Solicitor General, State of Alabama
Partner, Jones Day
President and General Counsel, Center for Equal Opportunity
Director, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Hans von Spakovsky
Senior Legal Fellow, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation
On February 27, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). While appropriate as a temporary, “emergency” measure in 1965, Section 5 is now outdated and imposes onerous requirements on an arbitrary group of states and counties. In order for these jurisdictions to make any change to their voting rules, Section 5 requires that they submit the proposed changes to the federal government and receive pre-clearance before implementing them. Not only is Section 5 an intrusion into state sovereignty, it also challenges the tradition of treating states equally. Join our panel of experts as they discuss these issues as well as examine the arguments the parties may make when they appear before the Court.
Friday, Feb. 22, 2:00 to 3:15 p.m.
The Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium
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