Campaign 2010

Jun 25, 2013

DCCC Statement on Rolling Back of Voting Rights

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel released the following statement about the Supreme Court decision to strike down Section 4 of the landmark Voting Rights Act:

“Discrimination at the polls remains a major problem for voters across this country, and today’s Supreme Court decision is an extremely disappointing setback for voting rights in this country. I share the reaction of civil rights hero John Lewis, who is ‘sad and dismayed’ at this decision. Make no mistake, voting rights are under a tremendous threat from the Republican Party, which is trying at every turn to erode the right to cast a ballot, especially if you are a person of color.

“As the Supreme Court itself said, the Voting Rights Act protections remain vital today because of continued discrimination, and the justices urged Congress to update the law. House Democrats will work tirelessly, using every tool at our disposal, to right this injustice. Americans’ right to vote must be vigilantly protected, and we will work to ensure that all Americans who are eligible to vote can exercise their sacred right.”