Obama, Holder Promise To Protect Minority Voting Rights

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President Barack Obama is promising not to let one election go by without protecting minority voting rights. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama is promising not to let one election go by without protecting minority voting rights. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is promising not to let one election go by without protecting minority voting rights.

The president met privately Monday with more than a dozen civil rights leaders to talk about strengthening the Voting Rights Act. Last month the Supreme Court struck down the most powerful provision of the 48-year-old law.

The participants told reporters afterward that they are pleased with the administration’s response so far. Attorney General Eric Holder, who was also at the White House meeting, announced support last week for a lawsuit asking for advance court approval for voting changes in Texas.

Participants said the president and Holder promised more action to protect the right to vote. The attendees stressed than any legislative response to the Supreme Court ruling must have broad bipartisan support.

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