Supreme Court strikes down part of Voting Rights Act of 1965

Congress passed the Voting Rights Act during the height of the civil rights movement

Members of minority caucuses in Congress are criticizing the U.S. Supreme Court  ruling that struck down part of the Voting Rights Acts of 1965, which Congress passed during the height of the civil rights movement.

Tuesday's press conference involved members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus who disagreed with the Supreme Court's five to four ruling.

The court struck down section four of the law, which uses a formula to determine which states and counties require federal oversight of their voting procedures.

The formula is meant to prevent discrimination against minority voters.

The court's majority decision described that formula "outdated and unworkable."

In the dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the Voting Rights Act had been authorized by congress seven years ago with "overwhelming bipartisan support."

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