Virginians are reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that voids a section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Professor A.E. Dick Howard of the University of Virginia Law School says this ruling effectively ends the Justice Department’s “pre-clearance” requirement. Howard (picture courtesy of the UVA Law School) says it shows how far the nation has come since the 1960’s, when many of the major civil rights laws were created. Charlottesville-based Virginia Organizing is urging Congress to pass new legislation. Virginia and many other southern states have had to get Uncle Sam’s permission before they change voting laws and procedures. Local electoral boards have been required to show their new precinct boundaries to the Justice Department.