Democrats unveil plan to update landmark voting law

US Representative Terri Sewell (D-AL-07) has officially introduced a bill designed to restore the Department of Justice’s authority to inspect and then approve or reject changes to elections laws from states who are determined to have a history of voter discrimination. The so-called John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would update the legal formula used to determine if a state had a recent history of voter discrimination. An earlier formula employed by the Department of Justice was invalidated by the Supreme Court in 2013. Senate Republicans are indicating a commitment to opposing this legislation if it passes the House.

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