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Katzenbach v. Morgan

Significance, Voting Rights Act Of 1965, A Plain And Consistent Act, Impact, Further Readings


U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach and New York City Board of Elections


Morgan and other registered voters

Appellant's Claim

That the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a valid congressional act for enforcing the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Alfred Avins

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall

Justices for the Court

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

Justices Dissenting

John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

13 June 1966


Ruled in favor of Katzenbach and reversed a lower court's decision finding that Congress had exceeded its constitutional powers in granting voting rights to Spanish-speaking Puerto Ricans residing in New York.

Related Cases

  • South Carolina v. Katzenbach, 383 U.S. 301 (1966).
  • Gaston County v. United States, 395 U.S. 285 (1969).
  • Richmond v. United States, 422 U.S. 358 (1975).
  • Beer v. United States, 425 U.S. 130 (1976).

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