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Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Strike Down Part of Voting Rights Act

June 25, 2013

Statement of ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley on the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act

"Today’s Supreme Court ruling makes voting less free and fair, and it is a step backward, not forward, for civil rights and minority access to the democratic process.

"The court's decision is a significant departure from the Supreme Court's previous four decisions over four decades recognizing that Congress is in the best position to evaluate and set specific voting rights protections.

"When Congress last extended the Voting Rights Act in 2006, it did so with broad and overwhelming bipartisan support. Members from both sides of the aisle understood that strong federal legislation remains necessary so that all Americans can exercise the right to vote free from racial discrimination.

"The ACLU of Colorado will continue to work with our state and national lawmakers to protect and expand the right to vote." 



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