AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Supreme Court decision to strike down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act may have had roots in Austin.
"We have been working on this issue since 2006," said attorney Chris Ward. "It is just a great day."
The Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District had to receive federal approval in 2006 in order to move a voting location from a garage to an elementary school. Even though they received the approval, the small district representing 3,000 people were not satisfied.
That is when the MUD, Ward and partner Greg Coleman, the former Solicitor General of Texas, got the ball rolling. And it rolled all the way to the Supreme Court.
"We said, ‘let's fight this,'" Ward said.
In 2009, the case went before the Supreme Court justices. Coleman argued the law, that was established in the 1960's but renewed in 2006, was antiquated and based on old data.
"In general, it is an outdated law that was set up 50 years ago to address a specific problem," said Ward.
The justices voted 8-1 that the district would be exempt from the section 5 provisions in the act that required pre-clearance for specified counties and states.
However, they did not rule on the constitutionality of section 5 until they struck it down 5-4 on Tuesday.
Ward says the decision vindicates years of work, however, his partner Coleman is not around to celebrate.
"If he were here today, he would be very proud," Ward said.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.