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Jurisdictions previously covered by Section 5

Jurisdictions previously covered by Section 5 at the time of the Shelby County decision
Jurisdictions bailed out of Section 5

Jurisdictions previously covered by Section 5 at the time of the Shelby County decision

On June 25, 2013, the United States Supreme Court held that it is unconstitutional to use the coverage formula in Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act to determine which jurisdictions are subject to the preclearance requirement of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Shelby County v. Holder, 133 S. Ct. 2612 (2013). The Supreme Court did not rule on the constitutionality of Section 5 itself. The effect of the Shelby County decision is that the jurisdictions identified by the coverage formula in Section 4(b) no longer need to seek preclearance for the new voting changes, unless they are covered by a separate court order entered under Section 3(c) of the Voting Rights Act.

Below is a list of those jurisdictions that were previously covered by Section 5 at the time of the Shelby County decision.

States Covered as a WholeApplicable DateFed. RegisterDate
AlabamaNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
AlaskaNov. 1, 197240 FR 49422Oct. 22, 1975
ArizonaNov. 1, 197240 FR 43746Sept. 23, 1975
GeorgiaNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
LouisianaNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
MississippiNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
South CarolinaNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
TexasNov. 1, 197240 FR 43746Sept. 23, 1975
VirginiaNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965


Covered Counties in
States Not Covered as a Whole
Applicable DateFed. RegisterDate
California:
Kings CountyNov. 1, 197240 FR 43746Sept. 23. 1975
Monterey CountyNov. 1, 196836 FR 5809Mar. 27, 1971
Yuba CountyNov. 1, 196836 FR 5809Mar. 27, 1971
Yuba CountyNov. 1, 197241 FR 784Jan. 5, 1976
Florida:
Collier CountyNov. 1, 197241 FR 34329Aug. 13, 1976
Hardee CountyNov. 1, 197240 FR 43746Sept. 23, 1975
Hendry CountyNov. 1, 197241 FR 34329Aug. 13, 1976
Hillsborough CountyNov. 1, 197240 FR 43746Sept. 23, 1975
Monroe CountyNov. 1, 197240 FR 43746Sept. 23, 1975
New York:
Bronx CountyNov. 1, 196836 FR 5809Mar. 27, 1971
Bronx CountyNov. 1, 197240 FR 43746Sept. 23, 1975
Kings CountyNov. 1, 196836 FR 5809Mar. 27, 1971
Kings CountyNov. 1, 197240 FR 43746Sept. 23, 1975
New York CountyNov. 1, 196836 FR 5809Mar. 27, 1971
North Carolina:
Anson CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Beaufort CountyNov. 1, 196431 FR 5081Mar. 29, 1966
Bertie CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Bladen CountyNov. 1, 196431 FR 5081Mar. 29, 1966
Camden CountyNov. 1, 196431 FR 3317Mar. 2, 1966
Caswell CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Chowan CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Cleveland CountyNov. 1, 196431 FR 5081Mar. 29, 1966
Craven CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Cumberland CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Edgecombe CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Franklin CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Gaston CountyNov. 1, 196431 FR 5081Mar. 29, 1966
Gates CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Granville CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Greene CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Guilford CountyNov. 1, 196431 FR 5081Mar. 29, 1966
Halifax CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Harnett CountyNov. 1, 196431 FR 5081Mar. 29, 1966
Hertford CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Hoke CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Jackson CountyNov. 1, 197240 FR 49422Oct. 22, 1975
Lee CountyNov. 1, 196431 FR 5081Mar. 29, 1966
Lenoir CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Martin CountyNov. 1, 196431 FR 19Jan. 4, 1966
Nash CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Northampton CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Onslow CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Pasquotank CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Perquimans CountyNov. 1, 196431 FR 3317Mar. 2, 1966
Person CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Pitt CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Robeson CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Rockingham CountyNov. 1, 196431 FR 5081Mar. 29, 1966
Scotland CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Union CountyNov. 1, 196431 FR 5081Mar. 29, 1966
Vance CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Washington CountyNov. 1, 196431 FR 19Jan. 4, 1966
Wayne CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
Wilson CountyNov. 1, 196430 FR 9897Aug. 7, 1965
South Dakota:
Shannon CountyNov. 1, 197241 FR 784Jan. 5, 1976
Todd CountyNov. 1, 197241 FR 784Jan. 5, 1976


Covered Townships in
States Not Covered as a Whole
Applicable DateFed. RegisterDate
Michigan:
Allegan County: Clyde TownshipNov. 1, 197241 FR 34329Aug. 13, 1976
Saginaw County: Buena Vista TownshipNov. 1, 197241 FR 34329Aug. 13, 1976

Here is a list of those jurisdictions that were previously covered and are now "bailed out" from coverage pursuant receiving a declaratory judgment under Section 4(a) of the Voting Rights Act.

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Voting Section
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