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South Carolina v. Katzenbach

Significance, Congress Passes The Voting Rights Act, South Carolina Challenges Voting Rights Act, Related Cases


State of South Carolina


Nicholas B. Katzenbach, U.S. Attorney General

Plaintiff's Claim

That certain portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 relating to eligibility tests for voters, voter qualifications, and appointment of federal voting examiners, are invalid.

Chief Lawyers for Plaintiff

David W. Robinson II, Daniel R. McLeod

Chief Defense Lawyer

Nicholas B. Katzenbach, U.S. Attorney General

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., Tom C. Clark, William O. Douglas, Abe Fortas, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren (writing for the Court), Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

7 March 1966


That the challenged provisions of the Voting Rights Act were consistent with the power of Congress to eliminate racial discrimination in voting under the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution.


Grilliot, Harold J., and Frank A. Schubert. Introduction to Law and the Legal System. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1992.

"Voting Rights Act Clarification," http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/voting/clarify3.htm.

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