DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision invalidating section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.
“The Voting Rights Act has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans and our Democracy is stronger for it. The Supreme Court struck down part of a law that was enacted and consistently renewed with wide bipartisan majorities, most recently in 2006. Today’s decision is a setback for voting rights and all Americans who believe protecting the right to vote is essential to our Democracy.
“While I am disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision, the Democratic Party will never stop fighting to expand and defend access to the ballot for all eligible Americans. While Democrats are fighting to ensure that every eligible voter is able to cast a ballot, Republicans have made it a legislative priority to make voting harder. Just this year on the state level, Republicans have introduced legislation to limit voting access in 30 states -- more than 55 different measures in total.
“Our country has made enormous progress towards the promise of full equality set forth by the Declaration of Independence. African-Americans and Women overcame many obstacles to obtain the right to vote and the Democratic Party will continue to oppose legislative and political efforts that erode that most precious right. In light of this decision, President Obama has called on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls and I call on my Republican colleagues to answer the President’s call and pass this important legislation to ensure that no voter in America has their right to vote infringed.”