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A major blow tonight to one of the landmark civil rights laws of the twentieth century the Supreme Court has ruled in a five to four decision.
That a key provision of the voting rights act can not be in force until congress -- draws the enforcement map.
Correspondent Shannon -- with what this all means.
-- I am deeply disappointed.
With the court's decision in this matter.
Echoing the words of President Obama attorney general Eric Holder said today's Supreme Court decision finding a key provision of the voting rights act unconstitutional.
Is not the end of the issue.
Under the 1965 law designed to remedy and prevent discrimination against minority voters all or part of fifteen states are required to get permission from the federal government before making changes to their elections procedures.
Today the Supreme Court held that the formula created to determine which jurisdiction should be under that pre clearance requirement is outdated.
Writing for the majority Chief Justice John Roberts -- quote nearly fifty years later things have changed dramatically coverage today is based on decades old data and eradicated practices.
The immediate impact at today's ruling as that covered jurisdictions and all -- part of those fifteen states are free from their obligations to seek pre clearance from the federal government.
Our laws our -- one size fits all.
I'm not a separate laws for Georgia and Arizona.
That places like new York and Idaho don't have to don't have to comply with -- I think a great constitutional order has been restored today and that's a that's a wonderful thing for our first system of government.
In a -- pointed dissent justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said quote.
The court's opinion can hardly be described as an exemplar for strained and moderate decision making.
Quite the opposite hubris -- -- fit worked for today's demolition of the DR -- Civil rights leaders like the reverend Jesse Jackson predict an immediate negative impact.
My state lawmakers -- neutralize a lot of people out so you'll few blacks.
Few women if you -- to those movies list religious people because of this decision.
In today's opinion the Chief Justice that congress is free to come up with -- new formula to determine.
Who is -- -- and that discrimination at the voting level but he cautioned that any remedy congress comes up with must address current conditions not those of the past.
Several leaders on both sides of the Al spoke out today saying they're willing to take up that task -- -- -- lot outside the court Shannon thank you.
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