Three California Counties Affected by Voting Rights Ruling

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Yuba, Monterey and Kings Counties in California must currently get approval from the federal government for any election law changes. But they could eventually get some relief under the new US Supreme Court decision. It orders Congress to change the formula for determining which jurisdictions require oversight. 

Loyola Law School Professor Jessica Levinson says the issues in the California counties date back to the 1972 presidential election.

 “They had voter registration or voter turnout problems, which happens even in states where people think, well, they don’t have history of voter discrimination at all.”

The counties all had voter turnout levels below 50 percent. They maintain their large military populations artificially depressed turnout, which Levinson says is a possibility.

She says Congress must now act to change its formula, though she says that may take awhile.


NPR Coverage:

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision Of Voting Rights Law

While the decision does not do away with the landmark law entirely, it rendered an enforcement mechanism moot unless Congress acts.

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