Is the Voting Rights still relevant in 2015? How has it changed voting since 1965? How has it been transformed along the way? Is it still an effective shield against state laws that hinder minority voting?The National Conference of State Legislatures has published this article in its elections newsletter; The Canvass titled State Legislation and the Voting Rights Act: past, present and future. It covers the legal history of the Voting Rights Act and contemplates the future, which includes the fight over voter identification requirements and the effort to revive section 5 of the Act after it was rendered inoperable by the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby v. Alabama.
NCSL asks several notable elections and voting experts just what they think about the future of the Voting Rights Act, including U.S. Elections Assistance Commissioner Christy McCormick, and Myrna Perez of the Brennan Center.