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Attorney: SCOTUS decision is a victory for civil rights

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Pierce: "What's really at stake is the future of the U.S. Congress, not the disenfranchisement of voters." Pierce: "What's really at stake is the future of the U.S. Congress, not the disenfranchisement of voters."
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to halt a key section of the Voting Rights Act draws a lot of criticism, but it's also applauded.

Attorney Joel Pearce says it was time to throw out some of the outdated sections of the act which was adopted in 1965 to prohibit states from implementing voting restrictions that unfairly targeted African Americans.

A portion of the act mandated that states with a history of discrimination against voters should be regulated by the federal government. The Supreme Court's decision throws that part of the Voting rights Act out.

"I think the Supreme is signaling that the law served its purpose and these voters which had been disenfranchised 50 years ago have successfully been introduced to the process," said Pearce.

In an email, Sen. Mary Landrieu from Louisiana wrote: "I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court's ruling today. The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy. We must protect that right and find a way to make sure that everyone can exercise it freely."

Pearce points out that now the states that had been mandated to seek federal approval for any voting laws no longer has to do that. He also points out that when a state carves out congressional districts it can now do so without approval from the federal government.

"So what's really at stake is the future of the U.S. Congress, not the disenfranchisement of voters," said Pearce.

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