Voting Rights Act ruling affects 2 Michigan townships

Buena Vista Township, Clyde Township exempted from pre-clearance requirement

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LANSING, Mich. - Two small Michigan communities no longer need federal approval before making changes in local voting laws.

State Elections Director Chris Thomas said Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling means Allegan County's Clyde Township and St. Clair County's Buena Vista Township are exempted from a pre-clearance requirement mandated in the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Clyde Township was monitored over Hispanic registration.

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Thomas says the ruling doesn't mean "there will be any major changes" in voting laws and says the Voting Rights Act continues to ban discrimination.

The advance approval requirement has been used mainly in the South to open polling places to black voters.

The Supreme Court decided Section 4 of the act can't be enforced unless Congress drafts an up-to-date formula for deciding which states and communities still need federal monitoring.

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