The U.S. Supreme Court this morning issued a ruling that invalidates Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. That section of the federal law contains a formula used to identify which states must seek preapproval from the Department of Justice or a panel of federal judges whenever election laws are revised. Virginia is among the states that has been required to go through that process because of its history of racial discrimination.
The 5-4 ruling,w ritten by Chief Justice John Roberts, says that the formula is outdated and based on data that is four decades old and doesn’t accurately show racial progress made over the years. The decision essentially nullies the approval process unless Congress revises Section 4.