Ranking Member Robert Brady Supports Voting Rights Act as Challenge Reaches Supreme Court
February 27, 2013 (Washington, D.C.) Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Shelby v. Holder. This case challenges Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires states and localities with histories of keeping racial minorities away from polls on Election Day to seek preclearance with the Justice Department before altering or creating any election laws.
Shelby County, Alabama alleges the provision is an unconstitutional infringement on area of law that is reserved to states and localities. When the Voting Rights Act was reauthorized in 2006, it received bipartisan support, and was signed by a Republican President.
“Section 5 is one of the most successful federal protections we have, and remains an essential protection for voters nationwide,” said Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA). “Parties have challenged the provision each time the bill has been reauthorized, and each time the Supreme Court has rejected their arguments.”
“Today, as the Court listens to these same arguments, Congress will unveil a statue of civil rights leader, Rosa Parks, to be placed on permanent display in the Capitol. I hope it reminds the Court why the Voting Rights Act was necessary, and how important it is to protect it for future generations.”