The Supreme Court ruled Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. As a result, it appears that no local jurisdictions will be required to preclear changes in their election laws unless Congress passes a new updated formula to determine which jurisdictions should fall under the preclearance provisions.
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The good news for proponents of race-sensitive admissions is that after the decision affirmative action lives to see another day. The bad news for proponents of affirmative action is that universities are placed on notice that they must provide detailed justification for any affirmative action admissions program based on race.
A new poll finds that more than three-quarters of American adults believe race should not be considered in the college admissions process. And there was little racial division in opposition to the practice. Black, Whites, Republicans, and Democrats all opposed race-sensitive admissions.
The plaintiff, in the case the Supreme Court will hear on October 10, argues that she was denied admission to the university in 2008 because she is white.