The decision from the Supreme Court to overturn a key part of the Voting Rights Act means certain counties in New York City won't need approval from the federal Department of Justice for changes in election law.
The court issued its 5-4 decision on Tuesday, throwing out a requirement that all or parts of 15 states with a history of discrimination in voting get clearance before changing the way they hold elections. In New York, Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx had come under that section of the Voting Rights Act.
The court threw out the formula that determined which states were on that list, saying it was outdated. That makes other parts of the law that are still in effect hard to enforce.