Statement from CBC Chairman on DOJ Decision to Reverse Position in Voting Case Before the Supreme Court
WASHINGTON – Today, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond, released a statement on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to reverse its position on a Ohio voting case before the Supreme Court that deals with state procedures for removing people from voter rolls.
“Now more than ever, it is clear that we have a lot to lose under the Trump Administration, especially when it comes to the Department of Justice and our nation’s top law enforcement official – Attorney General Sessions is going to use his position of power, as well as taxpayer dollars, to incarcerate and disenfranchise more black and brown Americans.
“African Americans fought and died to dismantle many unconstitutional barriers to the ballot box, barriers such as paying poll taxes, taking literacy tests, and counting candy in jars. But, if it had been up to Attorney General Sessions to dismantle these barriers, we’d still be doing these things today.
“Voting is the most fundamental right in a democracy and, sadly and shamefully, Attorney General Sessions refuses to protect this right for all Americans.”