If someone told you that whenever a particular "State or political subdivision" attempts to change its voting laws or regulations, they must first receive approval from the Department of Justice or a federal court in the District of Columbia, would you consider this requirement applicable to political parties? Asked in isolation, the question appears too obvious to warrant serious consideration. An understanding of the history of discrimination denying America's blacks full and complete franchise and an understanding of the adoption and evolution of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, however, may give you pause before answering.
Matthew M. Farley,
Crashing the Party- The Supreme Court Subjects Political Parties to Preclearance Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in Morse v. Republican Party of Virginia,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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