Reuters-1:45 pm Monday june 22
Supreme Court avoids major voting rights ruling - Yahoo! NewsThe U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to rule on the constitutionality of part of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act which sought to protect minorities in states with a history of racial discrimination.
The nation's top court instead ruled on a more narrow constitutional question, deciding that political subdivisions within a state can apply to be exempted from the Act.
The 8-1 ruling, spurred by a Texas municipal utility district's challenge, could result in other government bodies in 16 largely Southern states seeking to be free of the Act's requirements.
Could one of our legal types explain this better for me. It sounds important, but I don't exactly follow the whole issue.