Washington, D.C. – The NAACP released the following statements in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to invalidate Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.
"This decision is outrageous. The Court's majority put politics over decades of precedent and the rights of voters," stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. "Congress must resurrect its bipartisan efforts from 2006 to ensure that the federal government has the power to preemptively strike racially discriminatory voting laws. Without that power, we are more vulnerable to the flood of attacks we have seen in recent years."
Jealous continued, "While Section 2 is powerful after the fact, we must have a tool to protect against stolen elections proactively."
On February 27th, 2013, the NAACP and thousands of activists from across the country rallied outside of the Supreme Court to urge the Supreme Court to protect voting rights for all citizens and uphold Section 5.