Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently announced the Justice Department will send fewer federal election observers this fall. The change is one of several in the wake of a 2013 Supreme Court decision — Shelby County v. Holder — that threw out a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The provision determined which states and other jurisdictions with a history of voter discrimination had to obtain “pre-clearance” from federal officials before making any election changes. Most of the states were in the South, including Louisiana and Mississippi. This will be the first presidential election without the provision.