In June the Supreme Court struck down a key component of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in a five to four vote. President Lyndon Johnson signed the 1965 act into law. The act was enacted to combat common practices at the time like voting literacy tests and poll taxes. The court’s decision effectively removed the restraints on nine states, mostly in the south, from having to secure advance federal approval when making certain voting related decisions. Georgia is one of the nine states that had seen immediate reactions to the ruling. The City of Eastman has also seen immediate action.
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