The Supreme Court struck down a key piece of the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, reversing decades-old policies designed to protect minorities from discrimination.
The 5-4 decision struck down a formula for determining which states and cities must get permission from the federal government before changing their voting procedures because they have a history of racial discrimination.
President Obama said he was “deeply disappointed” in the ruling, which struck down the “preclearance” requirement in the act first passed by Congress in 1965 and reauthorized several times since — most recently in 2006.
“Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent,” Obama said in a statement released hours after the court’s decision.
He called for Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has “equal access” to the polls, an issue Obama also raised after his reelection in the wake of long lines at some polling stations.
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