High Court Voids Part Of Voting Rights Act

Posted: June 25, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck on Tuesday down a key part of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. The justices said in 5-4 ruling Tuesday that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on 40-year-old data that doesn’t reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. society.

The court did not strike down the advance approval requirement of the law that has been used, mainly in the South, to open up polling places to minority voters in the nearly half century since it was first enacted in 1965. But they said lawmakers must update the formula for determining which parts of the country must seek Washington’s approval for election changes.

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