Legislation Would Restore Voting Rights Act

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Rally on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, on the day of oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder
Rally on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, on the day of oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder

"The bill released today provides an excellent starting point for public engagement in this process. It’s imperative that we all work together to ensure that no one is denied the right to vote, particularly on account of their race or language minority status," Ifill said. 

Gerald Hebert, a former acting head of the voting section of the Civil Rights Division and now executive director of the Campaign Legal Center, said the bill would not restore all of the former voting rights protections. 

"Nevertheless, this legislation is a clear indication that Congress recognizes the great harm done by a narrow majority of Supreme Court justices and a strong signal that members understand it is now their responsibility as the legislative branch to repair the damage done by the court," Hebert said in a written statement. 

The U.S. Department of Justice filed voter discrimination lawsuits in Texas and North Carolina following the Supreme Court’s ruling, using the law’s remaining sections to fight voting changes in those states.

Contact Todd Ruger at truger@alm.com.  

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