Jun 25, 2013 10:21 AM
The Supreme Court has ruled Tuesday that a key part of the Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced.
In a five-to-four vote, the Justices ruled that part of the act cannot be enforced unless congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require federal monitoring of elections.
The High Court decided the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on information that's 40 years old and doesn't reflect racial progress and societal changes.
The law, as it stands, requires many localities, mostly in the south, to seek the approval of the Justice Department before making any changes to their voting procedures.