In a blow to civil rights advocates, the Supreme Court on Tuesday voted 5-4 to strike down a key provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, used for decades to combat racial discrimination in voting.
The justices said a formula in the law designed to determine which states and counties in the U.S. had a history of racial discrimination requiring special scrutiny of their voting procedures by the federal government was outdated and unconstitutional.
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What the ruling does
Ends requirement that nine states and some counties in four other states, including Florida, get U.S. Justice Department approval before making changes in voting procedures. That will change if Congress passes a new formula that better reflects “current conditions” in the U.S. regarding racial discrimination in voting.
The court ruled the provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is based on 40-year-old data and doesn’t reflect racial progress and current conditions.
Florida counties affected
Collier, Hardee, Hendry, Hillsborough, Monroe.