Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20) made the following statement on the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision:
“The Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision dealt a severe blow to voter protections nationwide. The Voting Rights Act (VRA) has stood as an essential safeguard against racial discrimination in our political system for decades, but Shelby County significantly undermined its effectiveness.
“When it comes time for voting, voter suppression is far too prevalent throughout our country. Our nation has the obligation to make it easier for all American to vote, not more difficult. Yet, in the wake of this flawed decision, more than a dozen states have implemented new restrictions on voting since 2012 that disproportionately affect minority voters.
“I am pleased to cosponsor H.R. 3899, the Voting Rights Amendment Act, which is bipartisan legislation that will address the Shelby County decision. This legislation will do much to re-extend voter protections to minority voters already feeling the effects of weakened voter protections.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.