Governor Bob McDonnell, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Speaker William J. Howell and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment issued the following statements today following the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.
Governor Bob McDonnell:
"Today's ruling maintains the portions of the Voting Rights Act that prohibit discriminatory practices and procedures. As Governor, I will ensure that the Commonwealth remains committed to protecting the rights of its citizens and ensuring that every Virginian's vote counts. Virginia will continue to faithfully comply with the Constitution and the remaining provisions of the Voting Rights Act. I will work with the Attorney General to continue to conduct a thorough review of proposed changes to voting laws to ensure compliance with the Constitution and the VRA."
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli:
"Virginia is committed to fair elections, fair voting districts, and ensuring everyone's vote counts. Regardless of the court's decision, legal mechanisms remain in place to safeguard the vote of Virginia's citizens. My role as attorney general is to ensure that those safeguards are followed and that Virginia's voting procedures continue to comply with state and federal anti-discrimination laws."
Speaker William J. Howell:
"The General Assembly has been vigilant in drawing voting districts that are consistent with the law, which is why our district lines cleared President Obama's Justice Department scrutiny in the latest rounds of redistricting. The members of the General Assembly simply will not tolerate redistricting that sanctions discrimination."
Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr.:
"Voter discrimination has no place in the Commonwealth and will not be tolerated by members of the Senate of Virginia. As every Virginia voter who believes a voting law or redistricting line to be discriminatory retains the ability to bring a court challenge, protections against voter discrimination remain intact despite the Supreme Court's decision on the Voting Rights Act."