Obama 'disappointed' in Voting Rights Act ruling

Obama 'disappointed' in Voting Rights Act ruling

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he's deeply disappointed with a Supreme Court decision halting the use of a key provision in the Voting Rights Act.
 
Obama says in a statement Tuesday that voting discrimination in the U.S. still exists. He says the high court's ruling is a setback but that efforts to end voting discrimination will continue.
 
Obama says the decision overturns well-established practices that for decades have helped making voting fair in places where historically there has been discrimination. He's calling on Congress to pass laws to ensure every American has equal voting access.
 

The justices said in a 5-4 ruling Tuesday that the provision can't be enforced until Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require close federal monitoring of elections.
 

 

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