Sarbanes Statement on Sixth Anniversary of Shelby County v. Holder Decision
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today to mark the sixth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision, which struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act:
“Six years ago today, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority gutted the Voting Rights Act and weakened critical protections for American voters. Almost immediately after this misguided decision, conservative-led legislatures in states across the country began imposing stringent new obstacles to the ballot box – including voter ID laws and other voter suppression schemes – that take direct aim at people of color and make it harder to vote in America.
“But House Democrats are fighting back against these cynical efforts. As our first order of business, House Democrats introduced and passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act, which helps improve access to the ballot box and builds the case to restore the Voting Rights Act. Shortly thereafter, House Democrats introduced H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act – led by my colleague Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama – to reverse the Supreme Court’s Shelby decision.
“My colleagues and I believe that every American voter matters, and that every vote must count. That’s why we remain committed to restoring the Voting Rights Act.”