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What is the Voting Rights Act formula that was struck down

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What is the Voting Rights Act formula that was struck down today by the Supreme Court?


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The formula you refer to is found in Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act and states as follows:

(b) The provisions of subsection (a) shall apply in any State or in any political subdivision of a state which (1) the Attorney General determines maintained on November 1, 1964, any test or device, and with respect to which (2) the Director of the Census determines that less than 50 percentum of the persons of voting age residing therein were registered on November 1, 1964, or that less than 50 percentum of such persons voted in the presidential election of November 1964.

Basically, that section determined which states would be subject to additional oversight based upon prior voter registration patterns. Those states with lower registration totals (mainly in the south) would be subjected to the additional requirements.

Please let me know if I can clarify any of my remarks.
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