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Maine Congresswoman Denounces Court's Voting Rights Ruling
06/25/2013 05:20 PM ET  

Maine 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree says she's very disappointed by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key provision of the landmark law.

Maine 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree is denouncing today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.

The court voted 5 to 4 to reject the requirement that some states and localities get federal approval before changing voting laws. In its decision, the court said the law no longer reflects progress that's been made in the nation since it was enacted a half century ago.

Pingree, a Democrat, says she's very disappointed by the ruling. "Congress has to authorize the Voting Rights Act repeatedly over the years, and the last time was '06 when the Republicans controlled the Senate," she says. "But they still voted 98 to 0 in the Senate, and by a hugh margin in the House to reauthorize it because we need to protect voting rights. Voting discrimination still exists and this decision is a real set-back to voting rights."

Civil rights activists also denounced the ruling. The Reverend Al Sharpton says it's a devastating blow to African Americans, who he says "are now at the mercy of state governments.''

This story was reported and written by Tom Porter.
 

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