Breaking News: Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of Voting Rights Act

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This morning the Supreme Court struck down on a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — effectively ending the practice in which some states with a history of racial discrimination must get federal permission before they can change their voting laws.

According to The New York Times, the vote was 5 to 4, with the five conservative-leaning judges in the majority and the four liberal-leaning justices in the minority. The decision was authored by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., joined by Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

“Our country has changed, and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions,” the majority said.

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