Voting Rights Law Gets Supreme Court Challenge

The Supreme Court justices are hearing arguments Wednesday in a challenge to part of the Voting Rights Act.

The Supreme Court justices are hearing arguments Wednesday in a challenge to part of the Voting Rights Act.

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Nearly 250 of the 12,000 state, county and local governments covered by the law have used an escape hatch to get out from under the special oversight by demonstrating that they and smaller places within their borders no longer discriminate in voting.

Thousands more jurisdictions also may be eligible, said voting rights expert Gerry Hebert. But that list probably does not include Shelby County, because one of its cities, Calera, defied the voting rights law in 2008 and provoked intervention by the Justice Department in the Bush administration.

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