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  •  The 1965 Voting Rights Act (1+ / 0-)
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    SteveP

    Which was renewed in 2006 unchanged for the next 25 years has some restrictions

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    The 1965 Voting Rights Act requires the following states to ask the Justice Department for permission before changing its voting rules:

    Alabama
    Alaska
    Arizona  
    Georgia
    Louisiana  
    Mississippi
    South Carolina
    Texas  
    Virginia *

    The law also covers some counties in California, Florida, New York, North Carolina and South Dakota, and some towns in New Hampshire and Michigan.

    * - Eight counties and three cities in Virginia are not covered.

    Source: U.S. Justice Department

    Without having looked deeper into the law I don't know if there is a formal procedure that is involved nor if it applies to only certain types of changes.

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    by MindRayge on Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 11:57:48 AM PDT

    •  it applies (1+ / 0-)
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      m3

      to any change in "standards, policies and practices" - which means basically anything.  Georgia has had their laws precleared as they stand.  The procedure is to submit to DOJ the new laws and the DOJ has 60 days to respond. OR to submit to the DC Circuit Court.  That could be done in a matter of hours and would be a mere formailty as the law would only be impermissable if it tended to hinder the voting of minorities (and of course be in compliance with other voting laws).

      Opening the hours obviously doesn't.

      "you have the right to your own opinion. You do not have the right to your own facts" -Daniel Patrick Moynihan

      by SteveP on Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 12:02:55 PM PDT

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