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Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of Voting Rights Act [VIDEO]
The Supreme Court issued a ruling Tuesday on a challenge to a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. The vote of the Court was 5-4.
FOX News Radio’s Jared Halpern reports from the Supreme Court:
A key provision of the Voting Rights Act is no longer valid. A divided Supreme Court saying the standards Congress passed 40 years ago should not still be the test used to decide if states and municipalities must get pre-clearance before making any election law changes.
Chief Justice John Roberts writing the opinion, calling such a present-day formula irrational. However, the opinion stops short of totally barring Congress from instituting new pre-clearance standards aimed at preventing voter suppression. So for now, a controversial Voting Rights Act provision falls, unless Congress gives the 1965 law an update.
At the Supreme Court, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.
WATCH for more on this story:
LISTEN to United States Attorney General Eric Holder speak about the Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act:
READ a statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling on Shelby County v. Holder:
“I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today. For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans. 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.
As a nation, we’ve made a great deal of progress towards guaranteeing every American the right to vote. But, as the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists. And while today’s decision is a setback, it doesn’t represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination. I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls. My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process.”
READ a statement from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding the Voting Rights Act:
“The U.S. Constitution establishes one United States — not a divided nation with different laws applying to different states. Laws that apply unequally to just some states have no place in our nation. Today’s ruling ensures that Texas is no longer one of just a few states that must seek approval from the federal government before its election laws can take effect.
Today’s ruling does not abolish the Voting Rights Act. All states, including Texas, continue to be subject to Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution, which prohibit racial discrimination nationwide.
With today’s decision, the State’s voter ID law will take effect immediately. Redistricting maps passed by the Legislature may also take effect without approval from the federal government.”