Statement by ACS President Caroline Fredrickson on Shelby County Arguments

Date: 
February 27, 2013

STATEMENT BY ACS PRESIDENT CAROLINE FREDRICKSON ON SHELBY COUNTY ARGUMENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:

Amanda Simon
202.393.6187
asimon@acslaw.org

“Today’s arguments made it clear for all to see that the Voting Rights Act – and specifically Section 5 – is still needed to ensure that everyone has the right to vote. The Section 5 proponents pointed often to the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution that specifically grant Congress – not the courts – the power to craft appropriate laws to ensure that states do not deprive people of their fundamental voting rights because of their race.

We heard how the Department of Justice and federal courts relied on Section 5 to prevent discriminatory elections laws from taking effect in Texas, Florida, South Carolina, and other covered jurisdictions during the 2012 elections. With so many recent efforts to suppress the vote, it should be clear that the law remains relevant and necessary. This Court should refrain from deciding unilaterally that Congress has completed its job of ensuring the promise of the 14th and 15th Amendments.”