Supreme Court to Clarify Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to take up the Texas redistricting case.  This will turn out to be a clarification on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

USA TODAY: “At the center of the Texas dispute is federal protection for minorities’ voting rights, particularly in places such as Texas which had a history of racial discrimination at the polls. A key question is how much authority judges have to redraw a legislature’s map when the new boundaries have not yet won federal approval and as candidate registration for the primaries is beginning.”

NYT: “The Supreme Court is likely to provide important guidance on the role of the federal courts under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of crowning achievements of the civil rights movement. Section 5 of the law requires Texas and other jurisdictions with a history of discrimination to seek federal permission to make even minor changes to voting procedures.”

All eyes on Anthony Kennedy.