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Hastings Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Strike Down Key Voting Rights Provisions

Washington, D.C.) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Shelby County v. Holder, which invalidates Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965: “I am extremely disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling.  They have put at risk the right to vote for millions of Americans.  For decades, the Voting Rights Act has stood as an e ...

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Aiding and abetting voter disenfranchisement

The Supreme Court just aided and abetted those who seek to suppress our right to vote. A narrow majority has ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. This is the formula used to determine which states and localities need preclearance before changing their voting laws. With the formula scrapped, the Department of Justice's most effective tool to prevent voter disenfranchisement has ...

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