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Florida Democrats in Washington pledge to fix Voting Rights Act



Florida Democrats in Washington react to today's Supreme Court ruling invalidating part of the Voting Rights Act:

Rep. Alcee Hastings: “I am extremely disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling.  They have put at risk the right to vote for millions of Americans.  For decades, the Voting Rights Act has stood as an essential safeguard against racial discrimination in our political system.  Unfortunately, voter suppression and discrimination still exist at the polls, and today’s announcement undermines our nation’s efforts to create an open and transparent electoral process for all. The right to vote is both precious and sacred, and that is why we must always be mindful of our nation’s history. I believe that, with today’s decision, the Supreme Court has overstepped its bounds, and now Congress must act."

Rep. Frederica Wilson:  “My personal experiences in Florida in recent elections testify to a simple fact: Voter suppression remains a serious threat to civil rights in 21st Century America.  Marathon voting lines for low-income and minority groups, reduced early voting hours, voter purges, and voter registration restrictions, remain endemic. While our nation has made progress since the passage of the Voting Rights Act, voter discrimination remains a reality. Congress must act to preserve the provisions at the heart of the Voting Rights Act.  This is not a Democratic or Republican issue; it’s not a white or black issue; it’s an issue that’s central to safeguarding the fundamental rights of each and every American.  390 Members of the House of Representatives, 98 Senators, and President George W. Bush  all acknowledged this fact in 2006 when they came together to reauthorize the law."

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 2:53pm]


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