High Court Voids Key Part of Voting Rights Act

Ad Feedback

The U.S. Supreme Court has voided a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that subjects several states to federal oversight.

Justices ruled 5 to 4 Tuesday that the landmark provision cannot be enforced unless Congress establishes a new formula determining which states should require close federal election monitoring.

They argue the law relies on 40-year-old data that doesn't reflect racial progress.

"In 1965, the states could be divided into two groups: those with a recent history of voting tests and low voter registration and turnout, and those without those characteristics," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority.

"Congress based its coverage formula on that distinction," he said. "Today the nation is no longer divided along those lines, yet the Voting Rights Act continues to treat it as if it were."

The court decided to keep part of the law enacted in the 1960s that opened up polling places to minority voters.

Liberals complain the decision guts one of the nation's most important civil rights laws.

Log in or create an account to post a comment.  

CBN IS HERE FOR YOU!

Are you seeking answers in life? Are you hurting? Are you facing a difficult situation?

Find peace with God, discover more about God or send us your prayer request.

Call The 700 Club Prayer Center at 1 (800) 823-6053, 24 hours a day.

A caring friend will be there to pray with you in your time of need.

CBNNews.com

CBNNews.com

CBN News is a national/international, nonprofit news organization that provides programming by cable, satellite, and the Internet, 24-hours a day. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.