No. 95-2031.

520 U.S. 273 (1997)

117 S.Ct. 1228

137 L.Ed.2d 448

YOUNG et al. v. FORDICE et al.

Supreme Court of United States.

Decided March 31, 1997.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Brenda Wright argued the cause for appellants. With her on the briefs were Barbara R. Arnwine, Thomas J. Henderson, Samuel L. Walters, A. Spencer Gilbert III, Laughlin McDonald, and Neil Bradley.

Malcolm L. Stewart argued the cause for the United States as amicus curiae urging reversal. With him on the brief were Acting Solicitor General Dellinger, Assistant Attorney General Patrick, Deputy Solicitor General Waxman, and Steven H. Rosenbaum.

Robert E. Sanders, Assistant Attorney General of Mississippi, argued the cause for appellees. With him on the brief was Mike Moore, Attorney General.*

Breyer, J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court.

Justice Breyer, delivered the opinion of the Court.

The question before us is whether § 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, 79 Stat. 439, as amended, 42 U. S. C. § 1973c (§ 5), requires preclearance of certain changes that Mississippi made in its voter registration procedures—changes that Mississippi made in order to comply with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. We hold that § 5 does require preclearance.


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