Rallies Supporting Voting Rights Held Across Ala.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- As many as several hundred protesters were expected Friday afternoon at the state Capitol to show their support for the U.S. Voting Rights Act.

The US. Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of the month on whether to uphold sections 4b and 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The sections are being challenged by officials in Shelby County.

The sections require Shelby County and communities in 16 other states with a history of racial discrimination to obtain preclearance from the U.S. Justice Department before making any changes to voting procedures or electoral maps.

Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan spoke at rallies earlier Friday in Birmingham, Selma and in Shelby County. Farrakhan said participating in the rallies has "been a very powerful experience."

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