TYLER (KYTX) - Nearly 50 years after the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed outlawing racial discrimination at the voting polls, the supreme court now says it's not necessary anymore.
Tuesday, five out of the nine supreme court justices said they voted in favor of the change because racial tensions and fears aren't what they used to be.
The change to the act would specifically target section four of the act. That section outlines certain states needing federal approval before making voting requirement and redistricting changes. Texas along with several other southern states were included in that section due to a quote "history of discrimination." With the striking down of the section, another historically important section five will also be made void.
"Some of the things that they are requiring now are deleting, like the voter's id you didn't use to have to have that.
They talked about that in the last election, you had to carry that with you."
Opponents of the change said, this will open the door for further discrimination since those states with history's of discrimination will no longer face federal regulations at the polls.
Justices in favor of change said, with President Obama being elected to office and for the first time ever black voters have surpassed with voters, the need to uphold voter discrimination laws aren't needed.