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U.S. AG Eric Holder to address Voting Rights Act in Philadelphia

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 25, 2013 10:34 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is coming to Philadelphia to discuss how voting rights could be affected by a recent Supreme Court decision.

Holder will address the National Urban League today. The civil rights group is holding its annual conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The justices struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act last month. The provision had required states with histories of voting discrimination to get federal approval before changing how they hold elections. The states are mainly in the South.

The league's four-day conference began yesterday. About 6,000 people are attending.

President Marc Morial says the conference is also focused on increasing economic opportunities for African-Americans.

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