Lofgren and Butterfield Statement on Supreme Court Undermining Voting Rights

Jul 1, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Subcommittee on Elections Chairman G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) issued the following statement today related to the Supreme Court’s decision in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee:

“The Supreme Court’s decision today strikes a blow against American democracy.  Building on the harmful 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which gutted the protections of the Voting Rights Act, the Court continues to unleash a brazen campaign against voting rights.

“In Brnovich, the Court gave a green light to craft discriminatory and suppressive voting laws enacted on a premise with no factual basis.  This ruling will have real world consequences – it will deny voters a voice in their government as state legislators, desperate to hold power, design laws to prevent Americans from voting.

“Congress has an obligation to enact H.R. 1, the For The People Act, and to move forward with drafting H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.  We can’t let the Supreme Court set our country’s voting rights back.  Instead, we must act to ensure all Americans can vote no matter where they live.   Our elections need to reflect the will of the people, and our government must work for every American, not just the wealthy few.”

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Congress Number: 
117th Congress