Press Release

Shelby’s Legacy Calls for VRAA Passage Now

June 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 2019 – On this sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, in which the Court gutted key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, AFJ President Nan Aron released the following statement:

“The Shelby decision opened the floodgates for all the state-level voting rights restrictions we’ve seen in recent years, primarily targeting people of color. That was followed by the Trump Administration’s nominations of significant numbers of judges with records supporting voter suppression activities, which are turning the federal courts into arenas that are hostile to voting rights. This one-two punch to the civil rights of millions of Americans has been devastating. It’s time for Congress to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act to help restore the voting rights for which many Americans have literally given their lives.”

A copy of the Voting Rights Advancement Act, H.R.4/S. 561, can be found here.