Tuesday, June 25, 2013

SCOTUS decision will wash away minority voting rights


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Steve Gallardo released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act:
Sen. Gallardo

“For over 40 years the Voting Rights Act has ensured the voices of Arizona's minority voters cannot be suppressed. Numerous attempts by the Republican-led Legislature at discouraging minority voting have failed to obtain preclearance from the U.S. Department of Justice,” said Sen. Gallardo. “Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, the preclearance formula, isn't perfect but it is crucial to ensuring fair representation for our minority communities and certainly should not have been declared unconstitutional.”

“By asking a gridlocked Congress to fix this provision, Chief Justice Roberts and his conservative colleagues know full well that they have doomed this law to the waste bin. I fear history will show this decision to be the opening of floodgates washing away decades of progress and with it the voting rights of minority Americans.”

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