Supreme Court halts use of key part of Voting Rights Act

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | 4:39 p.m. CDT; updated 9:31 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 25, 2013

WASHINGTON — A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.