Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Without preclearance formula, minority voters lack protection


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senate Democratic Leader Leah Landrum Taylor released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key section of the Voting Rights Act.
Sen. Landrum Taylor
“Arizona is the poster child for why preclearance is needed as much today as it was when Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement fought to create this historic protection of minority voting rights,” said Sen. Landrum Taylor. “Just look at what we've seen so far this year: one of our state's top law enforcement officers was found guilty of racial profiling; the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a portion of the voter ID law; and new elections laws were passed and signed by Republicans that will disenfranchise minority Arizona voters.”

“Today our nation's top court has effectively neutered the historic Voting Rights Act by stripping the formula to determine which states must comply with preclearance. The right to vote is the foundation upon which our democracy is built. With today's ruling and Arizona's new election laws going into effect, that foundation is at risk of crumbling.”

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