Rep. Stanley hosts town hall on Voting Rights Act

A state lawmaker is asking voters to put pressure on their congressmen to restore part of the Voting Rights Act that was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year.

Rep. Woodrow Stanley (D-Flint) hosted a town hall at the Flint Public Library Wednesday night to talk about how the ruling on the Voting Rights Act ruling.

In June, the Supreme Court declared a section of the landmark law unconstitutional, allowing nine states to change their election laws without prior federal approval.

Two Michigan communities - including Buena Vista Township - also needed pre-clearance from the justice department.

Stanley said the Supreme Court's decision undermines people's ability to exercise their right to vote.

â??It is an absolute frontal attack on the ability of people to participate in what I believe is the most sacred political exercise in our country, and that's voting,â?? Stanley said.

Stanley said he's planning another town hall next month to discuss Michigan's â??Stand Your Groundâ?? law, which some lawmakers have put into question after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin.