Extension of Voting Act Is Likely Despite Criticism

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Even though Republicans control the White House and Congress, the Voting Rights Act seems in little danger of expiring. A multiyear campaign by civil rights leaders to reauthorize the act, parts of which expire in August 2007, appears to be on the verge of success.

Liberal supporters and conservative opponents say they expect it to be reauthorized and, probably, even strengthened in coming weeks, well ahead of the deadline.

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