January 16, 2014
“Today, members of Congress took an important first step in restoring the protections afforded by the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which was gutted by a majority of the Supreme Court last June. Project Vote is encouraged to see that a bipartisan group of House members has offered legislation to update the formula for preclearance, and to strengthen the other judicial remedies available to people who have been denied their right to vote.
Schemes to deny or dilute the right to vote on the basis of race are not historical anomalies—they happen today. In the wake of the Shelby County decision, states previously subject to federal oversight have been free to enact and implement racially discriminatory laws with impunity.