Lofgren Statement on the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

Aug 6, 2020
Press Release


San Jose, Calif. – Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today on the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act:

“The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy.  The Voting Rights Act of 1965 brought much needed protections for Americans who had faced racial discrimination and voter intimidation.  Today, as we observe the 55th anniversary of this landmark law and honor those who fought for its passage, we are mindful that there is still more work to be done.

“The Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder gutted provisions of the Voting Rights Act which had prevented jurisdictions with long histories of disenfranchising minority voters from undermining their voting rights.  Without this important provision in place, many states moved quickly and aggressively to roll back voting rights and enact discriminatory laws to suppress the vote.

“In December, the House made strides to strengthen the Voting Rights Act.  H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act, would help ensure that every eligible citizen may freely exercise their Constitutional right to vote.  It is disappointing that Leader McConnell and the Senate Majority have failed to take up this legislation or take any other action to restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act.

“Congress has a responsibility to fully realize the promise of the Voting Rights Act and ensure no one is disenfranchised from their right to vote.  As we honor the legacy of Representative John Lewis, we should reinvigorate the law which he fought so hard to bring about.”

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Congress Number: 
116th Congress