Congressmember Lois Capps issued a statement condemning the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act, which has been continuously renewed by Congress since 1965 to prevent discrimination. “We need to protect essential rights, especially when people are headed to the polls, and the ruling issued this morning weakens that effort,” she said. “Clearly, Congress must now act quickly to strengthen this vital legislation.” The 5-4 decision overturned the formula for deciding which localities must receive preapproval by the federal government before amending election rules.
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This story was amended on 6/28/13 to reflect that the Supreme Court Vote was 5-4, not – as many readers noted – the impossible 6-5 that was originally published mistakenly.