Shelby County Suing Justice Department Over Voting Rights Act of 1965

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHNT) — Today, the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in a lawsuit filed by Shelby County against the Justice Department.

Shelby County litigants argue parts of the law are now unconstitutional, saying the country has changed course over the past 50 years.

This week, a group of Freedom Riders from Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma boarded buses to rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court. The group does not want changes to be made to federal voting laws in Shelby County.

The High Court will take a look at a couple section of the Act, which says certain states must have federal approval before making any changes to voting laws.

Congress renewed the Voting Rights Act in 2006.  It was signed again into law by then-President George W. Bush.

Read more coverage of this issue on CBSNews.com.

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