Today, Congresswoman Janice Hahn issued the following statement on the Supreme Court hearing arguments on whether to eliminate central parts of the Voting Rights Act, dismantling the "preclearance" mechanism that has been critical to blocking policies that would undermine the voting rights of minorities:
"I wish I could say that voter discrimination was a thing of the past, and that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act was no longer necessary. But we have seen far too many cases, in just the last year, of policies that hinder the ability of minorities and elderly people to exercise their right to vote, and they have been justly blocked by the Justice Department with the use of this important tool. No right is more fundamental than our right to vote and the Voting Rights Act remains one of the most critical pieces of legislation enacted by Congress.
I am deeply disappointed that one of our most effective tools in protecting the rights of Americans to vote without intimidation, prejudice or discrimination is being threatened. Today, we unveiled a statue of Rosa Parks in the Capitol. I can't believe that on this same day, the Supreme Court would consider tearing down what she spent her whole life fighting for. Our nation has made great progress from those dark days, and we must not be rolled back."