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Public Citizen Statement On SCOTUS Decision Upholding GOP Voting Rights Restrictions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld a pair of voting restrictions in Arizona.  The court’s ruling erodes the strength of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibits voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the basis of race or spoken language. Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, released the following statement in response:

“Any person in America who remained under the illusion that they could rely on the U.S. Supreme Court to protect voting rights must now be permanently disabused of that notion. The Supreme Court has again demonstrated that it will not protect voting rights in America. If voting rights are to be protected and our democracy to be preserved and improved, we need new laws now, starting with the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Congress has no time to lose in passing both these measures and sending them to President Joe Biden to sign into law.”