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Supreme Court voids vital part of ’65 Voting Act

Calls formula outdated; ruling worries activists

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday invalidated a key provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act that is intended to guard against discrimination at the ballot box, raising concerns among civil rights activists that the decision will spawn new laws making it harder for minorities to vote.

In a 5 to 4 ruling, the court deemed it unconstitutional for the federal government to use an outdated formula to single out states for extra scrutiny of their voting procedures.

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