DURATION: 2:30

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SHOTLIST:

Pool - AP clients only

Washington - Recent

1. Wide shot of the White House

Pool - AP clients only

Washington - Feb 25, 2013

2. Mid of President Barack Obama

AP Television - AP clients only

Washington - Recent

3. Wide of Supreme Court

Audio: Joe Madison Show on Sirius XM Radio - Must courtesy - AP clients only

AP Graphic with AP photo of Pres. Obama

Feb. 22, 2013

4. SOUNDBITE: President Barack Obama (Transcript Below)

AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY

Washington - Feb. 22, 2013

5. Various of Barbara Arnwine, President and Executive Dir. Of the Lawyers' Committee

6. SOUNDBITE: Barbara Arnwine, President and Executive Dir. Of the Lawyers' Committee (Transcript Below)

NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE FUND - AP CLIENTS ONLY

Calera (Shelby county), Alabama - Feb. 2013

7. Various of Calera City Hall with flagpole in front.

AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY

Washington - Feb. 22, 2013

8. Close of Hans Von Spakovsky, Senior Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

9. Mid of Spavoksy alongside John Neiman, Solicitor General of Alabama, and Michael Carvin, panelists discussing Shelby v. Holder.

10. SOUNDBITE: Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Fellow, The Heritage Foundation (Transcript Below)

11. Mid of AP Writer, Mark Sherman

12. SOUNDBITE: Mark Sherman/The Associated Press (Transcript Below)

13. Various of Supreme Court exteriors

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

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THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS JOINING A CHORUS OF CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS IN DEFENDING A LANDMARK SECTION OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT NOW BEING CHALLENGED IN THE SUPREME COURT.

JUST DAYS BEFORE THE COURT IS SET TO HEAR ARGUMENTS IN THE SHELBY COUNTY, ALABAMA VERSUS HOLDER CASE, PRESIDENT OBAMA SHARED HIS VIEWS WITH SIRIUS X-M RADIO SHOW HOST JOE MADISON.

Soundbite: President Barack Obama (audio only with graphic)

"People could keep on coming up with new schemes each election. Even if they were ultimately ruled to violate the Voting Rights Act, it would be hard for us to catch those things up front to make sure that elections are done in an equitable way."

THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT HAS BEEN HAILED BY TOP CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCATES LIKE BARBARA ARNWINE.

Soundbite: Barbara Arnwine, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee

"Since the law has been enacted thousands of voter changes and procedures have been stopped because they would have discriminated against someone who is African-American, someone who is Latino, or somebody who is Asian American or Native American. But it's basically to ensure that nobody is discriminated against."

BUT NOW A MAJOR COMPONENT OF THE LAW, KNOWN AS SECTION 5, IS BEING APPEALED BY SHELBY COUNTY, ALABAMA. THAT STATE ALONG WITH EIGHT OTHERS NATIONWIDE MUST GET PERMISSION FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BEFORE CHANGING THEIR VOTING LAWS OR MAPS.

(b-roll of Hertiage Foundation panel)

HANS VON SPAKOVSKY, A FORMER SENIOR OFFICIAL UNDER GEORGE W. BUSH'S ADMINISTRATION, SUPPORTS SHELBY COUNTY'S CHALLENGE. HE DISAGREES THAT OVERTURNING THE LAW WOULD TURN THE CLOCK BACK.

Soundbite: Hans von Spakovsky/ Senior Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

There's no evidence that things will go backwards, and in fact they can't go backwards because of the other parts of the voting rights act.

THE AP'S SUPREME COURT REPORTER, MARK SHERMAN SAYS THE LAW IS DUE TO EXPIRE IN 2031 AND WAS NEVER DESIGNED TO BE PERMANENT.

Soundbite: Mark Sherman/AP Writer

"What would America have to look like in order for this law to no longer be necessary? There's not a very clear answer. Other than what the civil rights community says which is at a time when there's no persistent discriminations against minorities, there will be no need for the law."

THE SUPREME COURT WILL HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS ON WEDNESDAY MORNING. A DECISION IS EXPECTED IN JUNE.

MATT SMALL/Associated Press

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