Supreme Court decision on voting rights may leave law in limbo

“Members of both parties have not wanted to break the social contract we made,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. “I really believe this Congress will not want to break that compact.”

Seven years later, though, the political landscape is more divided and Congress more gridlocked.

“If the five justices who voted to gut this landmark legislation think that this Congress has the ability to reform this legislation in the current hyper-partisan environment, they are beyond naive,” said Ronnie Musgrove, a former Democratic governor of Mississippi.