Tuesday 24 October 2017

US overturns law to protect black voters

The US Supreme Court yesterday overturned the landmark 1965 law designed to protect black voters in the south.

The court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act, one of the cornerstone achievements of the US civil rights era.

The act forced eight southern states and Alaska to get approval from the US government before changing their voting practices, such as moving a booth, with a view to preventing discrimination against black voters. The court ruled that the list of states, which was drawn up in 1965, was outdated.

President Barack Obama said he was "deeply disappointed" with the ruling. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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