State Leaders Reaction on Voting Rights Ruling Split Between Party Lines
The U.S. Supreme Court is striking down on part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that requires states, mostly in the South, to submit election plans to the federal government.
The provision was designed to protect minority voters.
In a 5-4 vote, the justices ruled that Congress come up with a new plan to determine which states may still need to get federal approval before changing their laws.
Shelby County, Alabama brought the case arguing the South has changed in the last 50 years, and the law is outdated.
For the last six months, civil rights groups have been defending the Voting Rights Act through marches and rallies hoping the Supreme Court would protect the law.
Sanders, who led many of the marches, is devastated. He says the U.S. Supreme Court ignored history, and this ruling will effect millions of minority voters.
President Obama said he was disappointed with the court's decision. The president said "it upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent."