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House approves John Lewis Voting Rights Act along party lines | USA TODAY


Republicans opposing the legislation say it is part of a partisan strategy for Democrats to federalize election rules to their advantage.

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House Democrats voted Tuesday to revive federal oversight of state voting-rights laws that had been weakened by recent Supreme Court decisions, but the measure faces an uncertain future against Republican opposition in the Senate.

The House voted 219-212 along straight party lines to approve the legislation named for the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a civil-rights icon. The bill aims to restore Justice Department review of changes in election law in states with a history of discrimination.

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