Judiciary chairman vows to quickly restore Voting Rights Act

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Congress can still require pre-clearance for voting changes, the court said, but must write a new formula for determining where the requirement applies.

"I could not disagree more with this result or the majority’s rationale," Leahy said.

Although the Senate renewed the Voting Rights Act by a 98-0 vote in 2006, it’s unclear whether renewal of the act would have broad support in the current Congress.