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Supreme Court overturns key Voting Rights Act provision

Posted at 10:18 AM, Jun 25, 2013

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A federal civil rights law that has stood for generations will be tougher to enforce after Tuesday's ruling by the Supreme Court.

In a 5-4 vote, justices limited the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965, which Congress passed during the height of America's volatile civil rights movement.

The court struck down a part of the law that uses a federal formula to determine which states and counties must undergo U.S. oversight of their voting procedures to prevent voter discrimination.   [RELATED: States under federal oversight for voting procedures]