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A rewrite of the Voting Rights Act would free many states from federal pre-approval of their voting laws, but supporters note that it could also force scrutiny of states that had not been covered in the past, if they commit voting rights violations in the future. (Cronkite News Service photo by Natasha Khan)

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Voting Rights Act changes would keep Arizona free of federal 'pre-clearance'

The rewrite of the Voting Rights Act currently being debated in Congress would free Arizona from nearly 50 years of strict federal oversight to changes in its voting laws.The rewrite comes after the Supreme Court last summer struck a key provision of the 1965 act that required some or all of 15 states - including the entire state of Arizona - to get Department of Justice "pre-clearance" of any changes to their voting laws because those states had a history of discrimination.