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Counsel Press Assists the Prevailing Party in a High-Profile Voting Rights Act Case – Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder

In Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder, Shelby County was represented by Wiley Rein LLP in Washington D.C. Counsel Press worked hand-in-hand with Wiley Rein at both the petition stage and on the merits in this case, and handled all aspects of the appellate document production for this firm and their client, including filing and service of numerous amicus briefs.

On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court issued a historic ruling in Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder – the Court found Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional, ruling in favor of Wiley Rein’s client, Shelby County, Alabama. In its 5-4 ruling, the Court concluded that the law’s decades-old formula can no longer be used as a basis for determining which states must obtain “preclearance” from the U.S. Justice Department before making changes to their election rules. The formula in Section 4(b) identified nine states and parts of seven others as “covered jurisdictions,” based on voting data from more than 40 years ago. The Supreme Court explained that “Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy” voting problems “speaks to current conditions.”

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