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The Supreme Court struck down a key piece of the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, overturning a decades-old policy designed to protect minorities from discrimination.

In a 5-4 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court struck down a formula used to determine whether state and local governments must get permission from the federal government before changing their voting practices.

Roberts said the formula, which Congress first passed in 1965, has outlived its usefulness.

“Our country has changed, and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions,” Roberts wrote in the majority opinion.