Katzenbach v. Morgan

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Katzenbach v. Morgan
Court U.S. Supreme Court
Citation 384 U.S. 641 (1966)
Date decided June 13, 1966

Facts

New York election laws required the ability to read and write in English as a condition of voting.

Section 4(e) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 allowed anybody who completed sixth grade in a school accredited by Puerto Rico (in a language other than English) shall not be denied the right to vote due to a lack of proficiency in English.

Issues

Is the Voting Rights Act of 1965 unconstitutional?

Holding

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is constitutional.

Reasons

Congress exercised its powers consistent with those afforded it by the Fourteenth Amendment.

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