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Supreme Court Strikes Down Heart of the Voting Rights Act

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision in the Voting Rights Act that requires federal oversight of certain states and localities that have a history of racial discrimination in voter registration practices and access to voting.

The justices voted 5-4 to strike down Section 4 of the Act which determined which areas needed federal approval before they could change their voting laws.

Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, argued that the data used to determine which areas required federal oversight was 40 years old, and that recent voter registration rates and voter turnout among African Americans in these districts no longer justified federal intrusion.

Supporters of the Voting Rights Act countered that the law was critical in forcing these areas to improve, and that threats to minority voting rights are now gaining steam in many states.

A recent New York Times article explains more about the ruling and its impact.

Vote on Tuesday, May 28th- 1st Suffolk State Senator General Election

Yes, We have a long holiday weekend- Memorial Day. But don't forget to Vote on Tuesday, May 28th for our next State Senator!
THIS IS IT- Make Your Vote Count!

Voters in the 1st Suffolk State Senate District (South
Boston and parts of Dorchester and Mattapan)will be voting for our next State Senator. The two candidates are Linda Dorcena Forry (State Representative, 12th Suffolk District) and Joseph Ureneck (Chair of The Fatherhood Coalition).
Don't know if you are in the 1st Suffolk District? Go to www.wheredoivotema.com to find out.

Polls are open from 7AM to 8PM
Call MAHA at 617-822-9100 for your poll location and voters' guide to the candidates. You also view the following link:
http://www.mahahome.org/sites/default/files/Vote_May28_Candidate_Guide.pdf




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