Buena Vista Township http://michiganradio.org en Why townships in Michigan were subject to the Voting Rights Act http://michiganradio.org/post/why-townships-michigan-were-subject-voting-rights-act <p>As <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-voting-rights-decision-could-impact-areas-michigan" target="_blank">Rick Pluta reported </a>earlier, two Michigan townships could be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Voting Rights Act <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/25/195506795/supreme-court-strikes-down-key-provision-of-voting-rights-law">announced </a>today.</p><p>The Voting Rights Act requires that the federal government approve any changes to voting procedures in areas with a history of discrimination.</p><p>In Michigan, Buena Vista Township and Clyde Township were both required to submit any proposed changes to their voting rules to the U.S. Department of Justice.</p><p>The Voting Rights Act covered areas where more than 5% of the population spoke a language other than English. In these areas, bilingual ballots were required. Both Buena Vista Townships and Clyde Townships had Hispanic populations above 5%.</p><p>An English-only ballot in these places was considered to be a discriminatory 'device', according to the<em> </em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/06/23/us/voting-rights-act-map.html?hp" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times.</em></a></p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2013/06/voting_rights_act_west_michiga.html" target="_blank">Zane McMillin of MLive reports</a> on some of the requirements Clyde Township had to follow:</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:28:34 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13243 at http://michiganradio.org Why townships in Michigan were subject to the Voting Rights Act