Congressman Al Green Reacts to the Supreme Court Striking Down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Style Magazine Newswire | 6/26/2013, 7:06 p.m. | Updated on 6/26/2013, 7:06 p.m.
On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, Congressman Al Green released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Shelby ...

On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, Congressman Al Green released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down Section 4 of the Voting Right Act of 1965. Section 4 determines which jurisdictions are subject to special federal oversight of their election and voting laws. The reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law in 2006 by President George W. Bush. The reauthorization passed the House of Representatives by 390-33 and the Senate by 98-0, in strong bipartisan majorities.

“The Voting Rights Act is about more than race: it is about preserving the core of our democracy. The majority opinion by the Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder, which strikes down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, endangers the progress made since 1965, and threatens the important legacy of the Civil Rights as well as Human Rights Movements.

“The Supreme Court’s majority opinion rightly recognized the positive progress made on voting rights due to the Voting Rights Act, especially the importance of the preclearance of laws from jurisdictions with a history of discrimination. However, it has struck down the provision key to preserving and achieving more positive progress in extending equal voting rights to all citizens, imperiling the progress that it praises so highly.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in crafting new legislation that targets injurious inequality and deleterious discrimination in not only election laws but all laws.”