Voting Rights Act has received a setback as an appeal has been made over its viability in the Washington federal court. In 2009, the Supreme Court allowed making challenges against the act to rectify racial discrimination in voting laws.
Today, Shelby County from Alabama stated that the 1965 Voting Rights Act has so far successfully served its purpose after its implementation however; it is not viable at present.
The law restricted black voters in Southern part of the United States from enjoying their basic voting rights, the county stated to support his demand to repeal the law. There have been tremendous changes made by the Senate in 1965 Voting Rights Act in last 45 years and there are many sections in the act which are quite illogical and lack justification and anybody’s electoral autonomy should not be judged upon such an obsolete act.
Eric Holder, Attorney General argues in his official statement that the Congress had already heard to evidence of limiting voting rights for the Blacks in 2006 and there was no need of another reauthorization. Many civil right activists and groups have come to support government against Shelby County’s challenge to the law.
Chief Justice John Roberts also acknowledged that despite being more than 40 years old, there was no evidence of violation of 1965 Voting Rights Act and it could not be established that the law was not viable at present.