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Obama "disappointed" in Voting Rights Act ruling

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President Barack Obama says he's deeply disappointed with a Supreme Court decision halting the use of a key provision in the Voting Rights Act.

Obama says in a statement Tuesday that voting discrimination in the U.S. still exists. He says the high court's ruling is a setback but that efforts to end voting discrimination will continue.

Obama says the decision overturns well-established practices that for decades have helped making voting fair in places where historically there has been discrimination. He's calling on Congress to pass laws to ensure every American has equal voting access.

The justices said in a 5-4 ruling Tuesday that the provision can't be enforced until Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require close federal monitoring of elections.

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Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling on Shelby County v. Holder
 
I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision today.  For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans.  Today's decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.
 
As a nation, we've made a great deal of progress towards guaranteeing every American the right to vote.  But, as the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists.    And while today's decision is a setback, it doesn't represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination.  I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls.  My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process.

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