SC activists to mark 50th anniversary of Voting Rights Act

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Progressive Network and the Rev. Jesse Jackson are marking the 50th anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act with an event in Columbia.

The activists will hold a news conference Thursday at the historic home of the late Modjeska Simkins, known as the matriarch of the state’s civil rights movement.

They contend voting rights are under attack and will point to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision that struck down a key provision of the 1965 law. That section had required states with a history of discrimination, including South Carolina, to get pre-clearance from the federal government before changing voting laws.

Democratic Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter will discuss a law passed last year that requires the State Election Commission to post all voting law changes on its website.

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