In 1965, 25,000 people marched to Montgomery, Alabama to help pass the Voting Rights Act. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court, including Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, heard arguments on a section of this historic legislation with their decision having a big impact on the Latino vote.
The case is Shelby Co. v. Holder. This mainly white suburban area near Birmingham, Alabama is suing the federal government in the form of Attorney General Eric Holder forrenewing in 2008 section five of this major civil rights era legislation for twenty-five more years. This part seeks to prevent states, counties, and communities with the most widespread discrimination against minorities from changing election laws without the federal government’s permission. These areas include the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Certain counties in California, Florida, New York, North Carolina, and South Dakota, as well as some communities in Michigan and New Hampshire are covered.