The Act outlawed discrimination at the Voting Booth and mandated that certain states with a history of discrimination in voting must get permission before making any changes in the voting law.
Today’s ruling mean those jurisdiction can now make changes to their voting laws without prior approval.
“It is extremely disappointing that the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act (VRA) today,” said Rep Mike Honda (D-CA) “Despite acknowledging that voting discrimination still exists, the majority nonetheless chose to declare unconstitutional the formula determining which states and localities the VRA applies to. As chair emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I know how vital it is for racial and ethnic minorities to take part in the electoral process. As Justice Ginsberg noted in her dissent, there were numerous examples of discriminatory practices from jurisdictions covered by the formula that were blocked by the VRA, but would now be permitted. It saddens me that with this decision, millions of voices may no longer be heard at the ballot box. We must act to ensure that people from all walks of life are able to participate fully in our democracy.”
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