Voting Rights Act
n.
A federal law passed in 1965 that guarantees all citizens the right to vote without discrimination by forbidding districts to require people to meet conditions such as literacy tests or educational requirements.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


Voting Rights Act
n. A federal law passed in 1965 that states that no voting qualification, prerequisite, or standard practice or procedure shall be imposed or implied by any state or political subdivision to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote because of race or color. Specifically proscribed by the law is use of intimidation. In 1973, the act was expanded to prohibit restrictions based on literacy or education.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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