Federal appeals court deals a blow to Voting Rights Act, ruling that private plaintiffs can’t sue
By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and AYANNA ALEXANDER Associated Press | Tuesday, November 21, 2023, 12:05 a.m.
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FILE - Then-Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice David Stras speaks in St. Paul, Minn., May 13, 2010. A divided federal appeals court on Monday, Nov. 20, 2023, ruled that private individuals and groups such as the NAACP do not have the ability to sue under a key section of the federal Voting Rights Act. “When those details are missing, it is not our place to fill in the gaps, except when ‘text and structure’ require it,” U.S. Circuit Judge David R. Stras wrote for the majority in an opinion joined by Judge Raymond W. Gruender. Stras was nominated by former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)