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Supreme Court Recognizes that "voting rights in the Lone Star State have come a long way"


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis/Arlington) released the following statement after reviewing Tuesday's Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act:

"Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling is long overdue and recognizes that voting rights in the Lone Star State have come a long way. The discrimination of the 1960's bears no resemblance to the voting practices of today in Texas. The Voting Rights Act is still on the books and starting now all states are treated equally and discrimination has to be proven based on today's facts - not 50 year old statistics in the southern states."

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