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Engel Urges Action to Protect Voting Rights on 6th Anniversary of Shelby County v. Holder Decision

Engel Urges Action to Protect Voting Rights on 6th Anniversary of Shelby County v. Holder Decision

 

Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a top member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is calling for renewed focus on protecting voting rights on the 6th anniversary of Shelby County v. Holder decision. This decision by the Supreme Court gutted preclearance provisions under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which ensured historically segregated states cannot systematically suppress minority groups from voting.

 

Shelby County v. Holder was a dagger in the heart of the Voting Rights Act, and in the six years since that decision, numerous states have passed measures intended to suppress voter turnout,” Engel said. “Voting is the basis of our Democracy and we should be doing everything in our power to make it easier for Americans to vote, not harder. I am a proud original cosponsor of H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which reverses the horrible Shelby County v. Holder decision. And I am equally proud to have introduced a Constitutional Amendment, H.J.Res. 9, that deals with several election law issues including voting rights, gerrymandering, overturning Citizens United, and abolishing the Electoral College.

 

“On this unfortunate anniversary, I remain committed to fighting back against the systemic efforts to weaken our democratic process. I hope my colleagues across the aisle can put their partisanship aside and join me in that fight.”   

 

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