WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder has challenged the Supreme Court to uphold a key section of the Voting Rights Act. That's the section that requires all or part of the 16 states with a history of discrimination to get federal clearance before carrying out changes in elections.
Holder made the comments in a speech prepared for delivery to a civil rights group founded and led by the Rev. Al Sharpton. Focusing on issues he regards as important during President Barack Obama's second term in office, Holder vowed to protect the voting rights of all Americans, safeguard young people from gun violence and improve the criminal justice system.