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Rev. Al Sharpton on Voting Rights Act

By: CBS
By: CBS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court heard arugments on whether there is still a need for Section Five of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The provision requires states to get approval before making changes at the polls.

Bert Rein is the attorney who is representing Shelby County, AL in it's challenge to the constitutionality of the renewal of the Voting Rights Act, and said, "We have to guard against creep, in which you have a constitutional violation leading to a standard which is broader than the constitution and then you measure violation by that standard and then you just creep on and on." Rein also argued that financial burdens were the reasons for the changes in voting.

Rev. Al Sharpton listened to the arguments and supports the Voting Rights Act measure.

"To take away section five is to take away the ability of the Justice Department to in fact stop discrimmination and stop the unfair changes in voting patterns," Sharpton said.


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