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“Is it the government’s submission that citizens in the South are more racist than citizens in the North?” asked Roberts.

“I don’t know the answer to that question,” said Verrilli. “But I know Congress found there was a continuing need [for Section 5].” 

Without Section 5, the Justice Department would still have an avenue for prosecuting states or jurisdictions that discriminate. Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act allows challenges to any election law, but it places the burden on the Justice Department to bring those cases, instead of requiring certain states to have their laws approved first. The Justice Department contended that Section 2 cases have been ineffective, and that it cannot keep up with states’ violations.

“Do you think racial discrimination in voting has ended?” Sotomayor asked Rein at the end of the arguments. 

“I think the world is not perfect,” Rein said.

Emily Belz
Emily Belz

Emily, who has covered everything from political infighting to pet salons for The Indianapolis Star, The Hill, and the New York Daily News, reports for WORLD from New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emzleb.

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