Court decision victory for state, which sued

Jun 25, 2013 -- 10:05am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Senator Mark Begich says he's disappointed with a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a provision of the federal Voting Rights Act. A divided high court on Tuesday found unconstitutional a provision of the law that determines which states must get Justice Department approval for proposed election changes. It effectively does away with the approval requirement unless Congress comes up with a new formula. It's a victory for the state, which last year sued, arguing the approval requirement and formula used to identify states to be approved are unconstitutional. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, who oversees state elections, said in a Facebook post that the court's ruling against what he called "federal overreach" on elections "brings decision-making home to Alaskans." Begich says it's time for Congress to revise the old formulas.

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