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Ford Renews VRA (1975)

#OnThisDay in 1965, Johnson signed the Voter Rights Act (VRA). In addition on this same day in 1975, Ford signs a 7-yr renewal. The #VRA is a landmark federal law enacted in 1965 to remove race-based restrictions on voting. ** UPDATE: The VRA was successfully challenged in June 2013 (Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder). The Supreme Court struck down (in a 5-4 ruling) Section 4(b) as outdated and not “grounded in current conditions.” Consequently, Section 5 is intact, but inoperable, unless or until Congress prescribes a new Section 4 formula. ** Timeline: 1965 - Johnson signs VRA 1970 - Nixon signs 5-yr renewal 1975 - Ford signs 7-yr renewal 1982 - Reagan signs 25-yr renewal 2006 - Bush signs 25-yr renewal 2013 - Shelby v. Holder challenges VRA Learn more: Resources: Johnson: Nixon: Ford: Reagan: Bush: Shelby v. Holder: VRA Timeline: Prior challenges: Current status:
Saturday, August 06, 2022
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