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|Several prominent election lawyers on a panel here Friday predicted that the Supreme Court would ultimately strike down a part of the Voting Rights Act that requires states with a history of racial discrimination to have their election laws precleared by federal authorities.
Just one, Michael Carvin of Jones Day, thought that was a good thing.
'Nobody could reasonably argue that the situation in the South or anywhere else today is remotely comparable to what it was in 1965, so it's fundamentally irrational to put a tougher standard on people though 2032 than it was in 1965,' Carvin said during the panel discussion at George Washington University Law School. Carvin claimed that other parts of the Voting Rights Act would still protect voters from discrimination even if one part was struck down.
The Supreme Court said earlier this month it would review the constitutionality of Section 5