The Voting Rights Act, adopted initially in 1965 and extended in 1970, 1975, 1982, and 2006 is generally considered the most successful piece of civil rights legislation ever adopted by the United States Congress. The Act codifies and effectuates the 15th Amendment's permanent guarantee that, throughout the nation, no person shall be denied the right to vote on account of race or color. In addition, the Act contains several special provisions that impose even more stringent requirements in certain jurisdictions throughout the country.
The U.S. Census Bureau has published the new Section 203 determinations for language
minority coverage, based on the American Community Survey data.
The Department has issued guidelines on implementation of the provisions of the Voting Rights Act regarding language minority groups.
The Department issued a final rule implementing revisions to several sections of the Procedures.
The Department has issued Guidance Concerning Redistricting and Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
The Justice Department recently submitted a mandatory report to Congress summarizing unprecedented efforts to protect the voting rights of military and overseas voters for the November 2, 2010, federal general election, through its enforcement of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE Act), which amended the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens and Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).
Section 5 freezes election practices or procedures in certain states until the new procedures have been subjected to review. This means that voting changes in covered jurisdictions may not be used until that review has been obtained.