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Obama says 'deeply disappointed' by court decision on voting act

U.S. President Barack Obama listens to a response from Chinese President Xi Jinping at The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage,
U.S. President Barack Obama listens to a response from Chinese President Xi Jinping at The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage,

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he was "deeply disappointed" that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act and called on Congress to pass a new law to ensure equal access to voting polls for all.

"I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision today," Obama said in a statement, saying the action "upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent."

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Bill Trott)

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