WASHINGTON — Today, Rebekah Caruthers, Vice President of Fair Elections Center, released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling against Alabama lawmakers’ state redistricting plan:
“Thankfully, today’s ruling breaks the troubling trend of our Supreme Court steadily dismantling parts of this country’s most vital voting rights law – the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This decision rightfully affirms that no voters should be stifled by racial discrimination, including the shameful gerrymandered maps put forth by Alabama state lawmakers.
Elected officials should encourage and celebrate growing participation in our democratic process, especially from historically marginalized groups, instead of trying to suppress Black Americans’ growing turnout through targeted disenfranchisement.
The Voting Rights Act is a pillar for the integrity and very functioning of our nation’s democracy. It’s imperative that lawmakers in Congress act to fully restore this law and ensure all voters can make their voices heard – regardless of their race, income or location.”
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Fair Elections Center is a leading national, nonpartisan voting rights and election reform organization based in Washington, DC, using litigation, public education and advocacy to remove barriers to registration and voting, and improve election administration.