Virginia gets its own Voting Rights Act

While much of the attention on Virginia’s new laws that took effect this week mainly focused on legal recreational marijuana, another major change happened: Virginia now has its own Voting Rights Act. Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) championed the bill, which she says aims to pick up where the federal Voting Rights Act leaves off, especially after the Supreme Court gutted major oversight provisions in 2013. She joined Jim Lokay on The Final 5 to explain why she pushed through the measure, why Republicans voted en masse to oppose it, and what could change on the federal level in the future.

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