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Traffic flows through downtown Calera, Ala., Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Much has changed in Shelby County since Congress passed the 1965 Voting Rights Act to protect minority rights at the polls, but much hasn’t. The county, which is at the center of a Supreme Court ruling that critics say all but gutted the landmark law, has grown exponentially in the nearly 50 years since the civil rights era, yet its racial balance has remained roughly constant at around 90 percent white, 10 percent black. While blacks have made electoral gains, white conservatives remain in firm control of the sprawling marble courthouse and most of the county’s towns despite a smattering of black elected officials. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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