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Voting Rights Act Questioned as Top Court Weighs Rollback

Racial minorities may lose protections dating back to the civil rights movement after U.S. Supreme Court arguments suggested that the justices will rewrite the legal rules governing race in America.

The court yesterday cast doubt on the fate of the Voting Rights Act, the 1965 law that opened the polls to millions of Southern blacks who had been victims of discrimination and violent intimidation. In October, the justices indicated they will cut back university affirmative action programs that go back almost as far. Both rulings are due by June.