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Voting Rights Ruling: High Court Makes Decision On Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder

Jun 25, 2013 | Updated Jun 25, 2013

The Supreme Court ruled on the Voting Rights Act Tuesday, striking down Section 4, which designates which parts of the country must have changes to their voting laws cleared by the federal government or in federal court.

Chief Justice John Roberts authored the ruling, joined by Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

The 5-4 ruling, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts joined by Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, found that “things have changed dramatically” in the south nearly 50 years after the Voting Rights Act was signed.

“There is no doubt that these improvements are in large part because of the Voting Rights Act," the court ruled. "The Act has proved immensely successful at redressing racial discrimination and integrating the voting process."

Watch live video of reactions from attorneys and key participants on the Supreme Court ruling above.

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