Board Chair: SCOTUS Action Makes Local Elections More Efficient

By: Chris Stover Email
By: Chris Stover Email

June 25, 2013

Some local leaders are reacting positively to the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act.

Among the changes voters will see locally: the ruling eliminates federal oversight in local elections. For example, any time the electoral board wanted to make a change on voting procedures, it would need to get permission from the U.S. Department of Justice 30 days in advance.

The chair of Charlottesville's electoral board says the Supreme Court ruling makes local elections more practical.

"The times that we need to use the pre-clearance provision are rare, but when they do occur, they tend to be significant like when we moved several of our polling places the past few years," electoral board chair Rick Sincere said.

Sincere added that at the local level, the Supreme Court ruling will ensure more efficient, fair and transparent elections.

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