World War II Documents

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is an extremely important document that impacts elections to this day. The unconstitutionality of poll taxes and literacy tests and that were being utilized by certain districts to suppress black vote were established with the signing of this bill. In 2013 the Supreme Court ruled that a key provision of the bill was unconstitutional. This eliminated mostly southern states from having to give notice to the Federal government and receive approval to change voting procedures. The ruling connected a civil rights era law to our day to day life, and should allow for a great classroom discussion over whether the provisions of the law still needed to be enforced.