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Topic - Edward Blum
The Supreme Court is expected this month to announce rulings on two key voting rights cases that could reshape how Americans nationwide cast ballots in federal elections.
The Supreme Court this week will take up a potentially landmark case that could end almost five decades of Justice Department intervention that gives the federal government control over voting decisions in states and localities with a history of discrimination.
The Supreme Court will consider eliminating the government's most potent weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s.
With Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's Senate confirmation all but assured later this week, the only guessing game left is the margin of her pending victory.
"We are a different and better nation today so it is only right that our federal laws should treat each of the 50 states equally," said Mr. Blum in statement after the Supreme Court held oral arguments on the case in February.
"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."