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House Passes Bill to Restore Key Parts of Voting Rights Act

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The Democratic-controlled House has approved a bill to restore key sections of the Voting Rights Act that once required officials in 15 states to receive federal approval before making changes to the voting process.

The bill essentially reverses a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision that tossed out a "pre-clearance" provision that determined which jurisdictions needed federal oversight of elections.

The bill was approved, 228—187, and now goes to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it is unlikely to move forward. The White House opposes the bill, calling it an example of federal overreach.