CONCOURSE VILLAGE - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is urging Congress to restore a decades-old law aimed at helping minorities at the polls.

Gillibrand is among the politicians urging federal legislators to change a provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The stipulation, which was overturned when the Supreme Court ruled on the issue back in June, protected against forms of discrimination and voter suppression.

The Court struck down a section of the law that required states to get federal approval before changing any voting law.

Gillibrand says President Barack Obama supports her viewpoint and is hopeful that the necessary changes will take effect.

The deadline for voter registration for the New York primary is Friday, Aug. 16.