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After Shelby County v. Holder Voting Rights Are Again a Racial Justice Frontier

By Marcia Henry

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder invalidated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act and caused great concern among racial justice advocates but less response, so far, from antipoverty advocates. Many legal services attorneys think that they are prohibited from working on voting-related advocacy when, in fact, Legal Services Corporation restrictions limit only a very specific set of activities. Legal services attorneys outraged by post-Shelby efforts to reinstate barriers to voting are not prohibited from fighting to expand the right to vote.

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