The question is not whether the court will declare Section 5 unconstitutional, but when and how.

February 13, 2012

Columbia University law professor Nathaniel Persily, to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. State attorneys general have filed lawsuits challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which requires states and localities with a history of discrimination to get federal approval of any changes in their voting laws.