The Supreme Court has voted to overturn a key section of Lyndon Johnson’s 1965 Voting Rights Act. That section involves a formula used to identify state and local governments with a history of racial discrimination. Those governments identified by the formula are required to submit prospective changes to voting law to a federal court or the Justice Department. Local governments can now make changes to their voting laws that need approval from higher ups.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the dissent. Here’s our interview with legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin about Ginsburg.
And an interview with biographer Robert Caro about LBJ.
Above, Martin Luther King’s invitation to LBJ’s signing of the Voting Rights Act, 1965 via Michael Beschloss