ALERT: Judge says he cannot preside over Menzies case
Live updates from trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell

States under federal oversight for voting procedures

votingrightsact

By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer

WASHINGTON (CNN) — States currently covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, requiring federal approval before any changes in election procedures can take effect:

States covered in full (8):

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas

State covered, with some exceptions (1):

Virginia (31 cities and counties have been “exempted” and are no longer required to submit changes for approval)

States with only limited areas covered (6):

California (3 counties); Florida (5 counties); Michigan (2 townships); New York (3 of New York City’s 5 boroughs); North Carolina (40 of the state’s 100 counties); South Dakota (2 counties)

NOTE: New Hampshire (10 townships) became exempt from Section 5 as of March 2013