Obama says he is "deeply disappointed" with the Supreme Court's ruling on a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.
I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision today. For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act - enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress - has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans. Today's decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.
On Tuesday the court ruled that the current map designating places with a history of discrimination - drawn up in 1965 - is no longer valid and must be redrawn by Congress.
Obama's statement called on Congress to pass a new map that would allow the Voting Rights Act to continue working:
As the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists. ...I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls.
Update, 10am PST: Eric Holder has released a similar statement saying that he is also "deeply disappointed." He also called on Congress to act, and promised administrative action too.
Via the New York Daily News.