Supreme Court | Chief Justice John Roberts leads a decision that dispenses with civil rights era election law in the South
by Emily Belz
Posted 6/23/09, 12:00 am
WASHINGTON-Since the civil rights movement, nine mostly Southern states and certain other districts have been required by law to obtain approval from the federal government before making any changes to the way they run elections. The law was based on histories of racial prejudices at the polls, such as requiring African-Americans to pass literacy tests in order to vote.