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Congress Considers 'Repairing' Voting Rights Act

February 3, 2014

Congress is considering new legislation that would make changes to the Voting Rights Act, after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key parts of the landmark civil rights law. The High Court ruled that the law was outdated -- thereby effectively freeing some southern states to change their voting laws without prior federal approval. But a co-sponsor of the new legislation – US Representative John Conyers (D-Detroit) – tells WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter the new legislation has benchmarks that apply equally to all states…