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Voting Rights Act of 1965

WHY IT MATTERS: Voting rights

THE ISSUE:

Who should be able to vote and how easy should it be? It's a question that goes to the core of democracy.

Voting rights are in flux in the final months of Barack Obama's two terms as the first black president. Citing a need to combat fraud, Republican-controlled legislatures are tightening voter laws by limiting early voting and same-day registration, by requiring IDs at polling places, and more. In 2013, declaring "our country has changed," the Supreme Court invalidated a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which required mostly Southern states with a history of discrimination to get advance federal approval to change election laws. The...

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