US court to hear voting rights case

Law adopted to prevent discrimination at polls faces challenge from Alabama, which wants to alter existing requirement.

    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.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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