Has Alabama come far enough that it doesn't need to follow parts of the Voting Rights Act anymore?
That's a question the Supreme Court will hear debate Wednesday about this question as Shelby County takes its case against Section 5 of the law.
While Shelby County is arguing against the law inside the courthouse, outside on the steps, hundreds of Alabamians will be rallying in support of it.
FOX6 News reporter Jonathan Hardison caught up with Voting Rights Act supporters before they left town this afternoon.
The bus carrying the supporters may not get to Washington, D.C. until 6 or 7 a.m. Wednesday so they'll be sleeping overnight. But they say it's worth the trip to get outside the Supreme Court and let the justices know they think Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act has to stay the way it is..
That's the section of the law that requires states and counties with a history of voting issues to have their elections pre-cleared by the federal government first.
"In order for them to not for us to be able to keep Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act would be a slap in the face. We've come too far to allow them to set us back," David Russell said.
"Our voice will be heard. Section 5 includes us. And the fact that we don't have any African-American sitting in any statewide position is a fact that we need Section 5," Rev. James Carter.
And it's not just veterans of civil rights battles on this bus...there are college students taking time away from class.
"Because I feel like I wanna be a part of history and when my child comes up and I wanna say I was part of something big," Patience Weaver said. "If it wasn't worth it, I wouldn't be coming and I feel like everybody has a voice to stand up.
The supporters will return to Birmingham Friday.
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