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2016 Election: NO PROTECTION!

1965 Voting Rights Act
The Right of all citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state, on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude.

Section 5
Any changes with respect to voting in a covered jurisdiction – or political sub-unit within it – can not legally be enforced unless and until the jurisdiction first obtains the requisite determination by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia or makes a submission to the U.S. Attorney General. This requires proof that the proposed voting change does not deny or abridge the right to vote on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority group.

Previously Covered Jurisdictions
Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana,
South Carolina, Virginia

Previously Covered Counties in Four States
Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, North Carolina

Shelby County v Holder
133 S. Ct. 2612 (2013)

On June 25, 2013, The Supreme Court of the United States held that it is unconstitutional to use the coverage formula of the VRA to determine which jurisdictions were subject to the pre-clearance requirement of Section 5. The jurisdictions identified by the coverage formula , no longer need to seek pre-clearance for new voting changes. This means the previous safeguards that were in place to ensure voter disenfranchisement did not occur in the identified covered jurisdictions/states can be stripped away.


What can you do?
Volunteer to:

  • Register people to vote
  • Help get voters to the polls
  • Write to your state and federal representatives

“2016 Election: NO PROTECTION!”