National Urban League President and CEO, Marc Morial: Comments on SCOTUS Civil Rights Decisions
There is no right more fundamental to our democracy than the right to vote. Yet, today, the Supreme Court of the United States made a tragic decision regarding Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act - which determines which jurisdictions are subject to the preclearance provision. The court ruled that this provision, designed to prevent discrimination in voting by requiring all state and local governments with a history of voting discrimination to get approval from the federal government before making any changes to their voting laws or procedures, was unconstitutional.
Click here to read the full statement from National Urban League President and CEO, Marc Morial.
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Supreme Court’s Decision on the Voting Rights Act
Today’s Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act dealt a huge blow to working people. Instead of recognizing the continued importance and efficacy of the Voting Rights Act, a five-vote conservative majority on the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John Roberts tossed aside a key provision that has helped protect and expand the right to vote. Our democracy has always been better when we have full participation and when people aren’t disenfranchised based on race, class, gender or other biased factors. As the greatest democracy in the world – albeit one with a troublesome history with respect to access to the polls -- the United States should be ensuring that every eligible voter who takes the responsibility to vote has the opportunity to do so and has his or her vote counted. We call on Congress with leadership from President Obama to live up to the ideals of our democracy by protecting and ensuring the right to vote for all.
Click here to read the statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
Remarks by Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on Shelby County v. Holder
The Court ruled today that the coverage formula in Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional, which essentially halts the federal government’s ability to review or “pre-clear“ voting changes under Section 5 unless and until Congress enacts a new coverage formula.Today’s ruling shifts the cost, delay, and other burdens involved in blocking discriminatory election practices onto concerned citizens and organizations until Congress repairs the Voting Rights Act. We must work together in the weeks and months ahead to detect and block voting changes that undermine the right to vote.
Click here to read the full statement from Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, President and Executive Director, Barbara Arnwine.
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Attorney General Eric Holder on the Supreme Court Decision in Shelby County v. Holder
Good afternoon. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the case of Shelby County v. Holder – and invalidated an essential part of the Voting Rights Act, a cornerstone of American civil rights law. Like many others across the country, I am deeply disappointed with the Court’s decision in this matter. This decision represents a serious setback for voting rights – and has the potential to negatively affect millions of Americans across the country.
Click here to read the full remarks from Attorney General Holder.
The Blog of Legal Times: Senate Judiciary Chairman Vows 'Immediate Action' After Voting Rights Ruling
A key U.S. senator has pledged legislation that will plug any holes in the Voting Rights Act left by Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that he intends "to take immediate action to ensure that we will have a strong and reconstituted Voting Rights Act that protects against racial discrimination in voting."
Click here to read the full article on The Blog of Legal Times.
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