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Bad omens for the House Voting Rights hearing

The Senate's hearing on the Voting Rights Act featured a Democratic civil rights hero and a Republican defender of the law, who both urged the panel to restore the section of the VRA that was struck down by the Supreme Court. But the House hearing could have a slightly different tone.

To begin with, the hearing is being held by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, which is chaired by Rep. Trent Franks, R. Ariz. Franks voted against the 2006 reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, one of just 33 Republicans to do so.

Franks' role in drafting legislation is still unclear. But the House hearing will also feature testimony from conservative advocates for harsher Voter ID laws, J. Christian Adams and Hans A. von Spakovsky.

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