Understanding the Importance of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act
Show your support for the Voting Rights Act on the day that the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral argument in Shelby County v. Holder. Join the Rally to Protect the Voting Rights Act at 9 a.m. February 27 on the steps in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building, 1 First Street NE, Washington, D.C., 20543.
The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy. For more than 40 years, Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) has helped to prevent voter discrimination affecting racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.
Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act protects voters by requiring covered states and localities to get preapproval of their voting changes from the U.S. Department of Justice or a federal court in D.C. to insure that the changes aren’t discriminatory. Shelby County, Alabama, is challenging Congress’s authority to reauthorize the Act in 2006.
Voter discrimination based on race is not just a thing of the past – it is a current reality that persists today! Section 5 of the VRA protected the right to vote for hundreds of thousands of minority voters in the 2012 election in Texas, Florida, and South Carolina.
Watch: The Voting Rights Act at Work in Alabama
Watch: The Voting Rights Act at Work in Texas
Watch: The Voting Rights Act at Work in South Carolina