Supreme Court To Hear Challenge To Key Provision Of The Voting Rights Act

In an order that should surprise no one, the Supreme Court announced today that it will hear a challenge to a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, which requires many states to “pre-clear” new voting laws with the Department of Justice or a federal court in DC to ensure that those laws do not discriminate on the basis of race. The justices heard a similar case in 2009, but surprised most Court watchers by not striking down this key voting rights law. After this decision, the provision now under challenge prevented many states from implementing voter suppression laws such as requirements that voters show photo ID in order to vote. The justices also announced they will hear a case concerning whether a state may collect DNA samples from criminal suspects prior to their conviction.