FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

NBCSL Statement on the Current U.S. Supreme Court Case of Shelby County vs. Holder and Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators issues the following statement regarding current U.S. Supreme Court litigation surrounding Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Shelby County, Alabama vs. Holder:

“Voter discrimination and intimidation continues to occur across the country. States have consistently passed measures obstructing voting participation for Americans, particularly African Americans, Latinos and other people of color, the elderly, students, people with disabilities, and the poor. For this reason, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) passed Preserving and Expanding Access to the Ballot Box for All in December 2012, a resolution to ensure voting rights for all Americans. NBCSL also supported the U.S. Congress in its decision to extend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in 2006 for another 25 years. The decision to be made by the U.S. Supreme Court does not just affect one city, county, or state; it has implications for all of us.”

Since the organization was founded, The National Black Caucus of State Legislators has fought against the efforts waged to prohibit, suppress, and limit the vote. The NBCSL asserts that voting is a fundamental right and an important civic duty that should not be infringed upon.

“Despite the increased number of African-American elected officials and the re-election of the first black president, the United States has not reached voting parity,” says State Representative Joe Armstrong (TN), President of The National Black Caucus of State Legislators. “States continue to have significant barriers to the ballot box, and until we have full and equal access for everyone, our work to protect the right to vote is not done.”

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) is a membership association representing over 600 African-American state legislators from 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NBCSL members represent upwards of 50 million Americans of all racial backgrounds. To learn more visit www.nbcsl.org.

To read Law, Justice, and Ethics Policy: Resolution LJE-13-16 (Preserving and Expanding Access to the Ballot Box for All), click here.

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