The 5-4 Shelby decision tossed out the nearly half-century-old Voting Rights Act formula that determined which areas were required to submit their voting laws for “pre-clearance” with the Department of Justice.
The court left the door open for Congress to adopt a new formula, based on more current evidence of racial discrimination. Those efforts have gained little traction in a sharply-divided Washington.
Some elections advocates have turned back to the courts to make headway. The Fair Fight Action voting rights group that Abrams launched asked a federal judge to reinstate a pre-clearance requirement for Georgia. The case is still pending.
The hearing is to be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. It will be the second this year featuring Abrams’ testimony.
In February, she urged House lawmakers to approve federal oversight of elections after a "systemic breakdown" in Georgia during a field hearing in Atlanta.