oday, Congresswoman Janice Hahn (CA-44) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision to overturn a vital part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965:
"The Supreme Court's decision this morning is deeply disappointing and a devastating blow to the preservation of voter rights and protections. The Voting Rights Act has proven to be critical, time and time again, in protecting the right to vote, free from discrimination. I wish that the Voting Rights Act was no longer necessary, but the fact is, this persistent discrimination is not a thing of the past. We have seen far too many cases, in just the last election, of efforts to block fellow Americans from casting a ballot. This morning's ruling is a major setback to Americans' right to vote, and a roll back in the march of progress our nation has made in civil rights. The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy. It is important that Congress take swift and immediate action to ensure that every American has access to the ballot box."