Editorial: Reconsidering Section 5

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Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013 12:15 am

Almost half a century ago, Congress passed the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a touchstone in the civil rights movement than aimed to end generations of repression of black Americans.

The law was exceedingly effective, particularly Section 5, which prevented many states, including Alabama, from making any sort of changes in the electoral process without approval from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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