“Congress has the Power to Address the Problem of Discrimination in Voting” – CBC Chair Marcia L. Fudge

CBC Fudge’s Statement on the One Year Anniversary of the Shelby v. Holder Decision

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Marcia L. Fudge released the following statement on the one year anniversary of Shelby v. Holder:

“One year ago today the Supreme Court ruled Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 unconstitutional. Almost immediately after the Court’s ruling, states began moving forward with restrictive voting legislation and implementing laws that make it more difficult for individuals to cast their ballots. Many of those affected by these laws are communities of color where disenfranchisement has historically been used to prevent their voices from being heard in our democracy.  Fifty years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 49 years after the Voting Rights Act, discrimination in voting remains a serious and salient problem.

“Though the Shelby v. Holder decision dealt a significant blow to the Voting Rights Act and to the hard won accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement, Congress has the power to address the problem of discrimination in voting.  The Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 can help restore the protections lost with the Supreme Court’s ruling last year.

“I am a cosponsor of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 and I strongly urge my colleagues to do the same. Voting is the foundation on which our democracy was built, and it must be protected.”