Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) issued the following statement today regarding the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn a portion of the Voting Rights Act. Their ruling guts a key part of the landmark legislation, passed in 1965, to end a century of attempts to block blacks from voting. Today's decision declared invalid a section of the law that set a formula that determines which states need federal approval to change voting laws.
"It is a sad day in America when voting becomes more difficult. I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision to strike down parts of the Voting Rights Act. Over the last half century, we have come a long way toward securing the right of every American citizen to cast a ballot, but we've seen in our own backyard, as recently as the 2010 and 2012 elections, that access to voting is not equal across racial and economic lines. More--not less--must be done to ensure everyone can exercise this defining act of American citizenship. I hope Congress will come together in a bipartisan way, as it did in 2006 and the many other times this law has been renewed, to ensure all Americans have an equal chance to vote."