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VRA Decision Delegates Regulation to States

altATHENS - The Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act has left many Georgians with questions about voting changes.

The VRA decision has left in limbo preclearance rules, which forced many states to seek approval from the Justice Department before changing voting laws. While preclearance remains a possibility, said University of Georgia law professor Diane Amann, it is up to a deeply divided Congress to decide the new voting rules. "Unless and until congress revisits that issue and sets up a new list all states seem to be free to regulate voting as they wish," Amann said. Citizens seeking to challenge voting rules will have to do so through the normal appeals process.