The Voting Rights Act of 1965: Background and Overview

Source: Kevin J. Coleman, Congressional Research Service, CRS Report, R43626, July 1, 2014

…This report provides background information on the historical circumstances that led to the adoption of the VRA, a summary of its major provisions, and a brief discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court decision and related legislation in the 113th Congress. Two identical bills—H.R. 3899 and S. 1945—have been introduced that would amend the VRA by adding a new coverage formula, among other provisions. No action has occurred on either bill…