Supreme Court to take key voting rights case

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The constitutionality of preclearance has come before the high court four previous times, but survived each challenge.

Ms. Perez said she expects the Supreme Court will uphold the requirement this time.

“I think the law is pretty clear. I think the Constitution makes it very easy that Congress gets a lot of deference when deciding this question,” she said.

But Mr. Blum argues Congress’ overwhelming support in 2006 for renewing the Voting Rights Act is no guarantee the Supreme Court will uphold the law.

“In 2006 [Congress] was really required to build a record that shows ongoing racial discrimination in elections in these [preclearance] jurisdictions,” he said. “I think it’s safe to say Congress was unable to do that.”

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