south carolina v. katzenach
amenmdnet enforcing power
Facts of the Case
- The Voting Rights Act of 1965 prevented states
- from using a "test or device" (such as literacy tests) to deny citizens
- the right to vote. Federal examiners, under the Attorney General's
- jurisdiction, were empowered to intervene to investigate election
Did the Act violate the states' rights to implement and control elections?
- Court upheld the law. Noting that the enforcement clause of the
- Fifteenth Amendment gave Congress "full remedial powers" to prevent
- racial discrimination in voting, the Act was a "legitimate response" to
- the "insidious and pervasive evil" which had denied blacks the right to
- vote since the Fifteenth Amendment's adoption in 1870.