(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/25/13) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said it isÂ “disappointed” that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the historic 1965 Voting Rights ActÂ used to determine which states withÂ histories of voter discrimination were required to obtain federal preclearance before changing state voting laws.
In a statement issued in response to the court's 5-4 ruling, CAIR said:
“For more than 40 years, the Voting Rights Act protected the rights of African Americans, American Muslims and other minority voters.
“While today's ruling is a setback for civil rights – striking down the formula used to determine what states are required to obtain federal preclearance before changing their voter laws â€“ we are pleased that the constitutionality of requiring states with histories of voter discrimination to obtain federal preclearance remains intact.
“We call on Congress and the Department of Justice to promptly devise a formula that bans all modern forms of voter discrimination, such as state voter ID laws.”
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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