US court to hear voting rights case

Law adopted to prevent discrimination at polls faces challenge from Alabama, which wants to alter existing requirement.
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2013 21:18

The US Supreme Court is to hear a challenge to a key section of the Voting Rights Act, a law adopted to prevent discrimination at the polls.

At the moment, states with a history of racial bias have to seek permission from the federal government before changing voting rules enshrined in 1965 legislation signed into law by Lyndon Johnson, then president of the US.

The southern state of Alabama wants to alter that requirement.

Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports from Alabama, a centre of the civil rights movement of the 1960s.


Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Since she was 16-years-old, Scottish Nationalist Party's Sturgeon has strove for independence from the UK.
Armed group's ransom success with German hostages marks a re-emergence, as authorities investigate ISIL links.
Western nations are moving into the resource-rich country after decades of disinterest, challenging China's interests.