Tuesday, June 25, 2013
After Supreme Court Ruling, Senate to Hold Hearings on Voting Rights Act Email 41 Smaller Font Text Larger Text | Print By Chris Good @c_good Follow on Twitter Jun 25, 2013 5:04pm 171496702 16x9 608 After Supreme Court Ruling, Senate to Hold Hearings on Voting Rights Act Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images Now that the Supreme Court has kicked the Voting Rights Act over to Congress, Congress will take it up. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings next month after the court on Tuesday invalidated the Voting Rights Act’s coverage formula, which determines which voting districts must gain pre-approval from the Department of Justice for voting policy and procedure changes. The court left standing Section 5, which requires states with histories of racial discrimination to seek such approval, only invalidating the formula that determines which districts fall under that provision. Congress last reauthorized the law in 2006. Read more about the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on voting rights. Now, it’s essentially up to Congress to re-write the formula.