People line up for admission at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington October 1, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
Supreme Court to review minority voting rights law
Posted : Friday, 09 November 2012 03:26PM
(Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review a legal challenge to the Voting Rights Act, a landmark law adopted in 1965 to protect African-American voters who had faced decades of discrimination at the polls.
The high court accepted an appeal brought by Shelby County, Alabama, challenging a core provision of the act that requires nine states and several local governments with a history of bias to get federal permission to change their election procedures.
(Reporting by Terry Baynes and Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Jackie Frank)
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