Congressional Black Caucus Commemorates the Sixth Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder Decision
Today is the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision. Congresswoman Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congresswoman Marica Fudge, Chair of the Committee on House Administration Subcommittee on Elections, and Congresswoman Terri Sewell issued the following statement to highlight the current state of voting rights in America and the need for additional protections.
“Today marks the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision which gutted a key part of the Voting Rights Act,” said Chairwoman Bass. “We know that voting rights in this country are constantly under attack and sadly, this decision added another blow to this ongoing fight. States across the country continue to pass voter suppression laws that range from strict voter ID laws to the purging of voters from rolls. Every day we are reminded that our rights to fully participate in our democracy are at stake. As a result, the CBC is fiercely fighting to ensure that the freedoms for which countless patriots fought and died for will never be eroded.”
“There is no denying this country has made significant progress since the passage of the Voting Rights Act,” said Congresswoman Fudge. “However, on this sixth anniversary of Shelby, we are reminded, and forced to recognize, there is still a long road ahead. When Americans are forced to vote in chicken coops, pay modern-day poll taxes or wait hours to cast their vote, it is clear that states need federal pre-clearance when enacting changes to their voting practices. It is the duty of our election officials to remove barriers to the ballot box for American citizens, not create them.”
“Six years ago, the Supreme Court’s Shelby decision sent a simple message: voter suppression is a problem of the past,” said Congresswoman Sewell. “Many states, including Alabama, sent an equally straight-forward response: no, we have not. Congress must take up and pass H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, to stop the most egregious cases of voter suppression before they can take place. We must honor the legacies of the foot soldiers of the civil rights movement who marched, bled and died for the right to vote, and ensure that every American is able to make their voice heard at the ballot box.”
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