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In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has struck down the core of the Voting Rights Act, arguing that Congress had shown insufficient grounds for subjecting voting practices in nine states to federal oversight. In a scathing dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg warned that the ruling risked allowing the "vile infection" of racist voting practices to take root once more. "Throwing out [the Voting Rights Act] when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet," she warned.

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