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Wednesday, February 6, 2013


From "The National Urban League Wire":

"From the President's Desk [President of the Urban League]:

If the widespread voter suppression efforts across the nation in the last two years has demonstrated anything, it’s that the Voting Rights Act is as necessary in 2015 as it was when it was signed in 1965.

But on Feb. 27, the Supreme Court will consider eliminating all or part of the government's strongest defense against discrimination.

Section 5 of the Voting Right Act requires all or parts of 16 states with a history of discrimination in voting to get federal approval before making any changes in the way they hold elections. Under Section 5, the U.S. Department of Justice was able to block several discriminatory voter suppression measures in the last year.

But Shelby County, AL v. Holder challenges Section 5, saying it's no longer necessary. The National Urban League along with other civil rights and advocacy groups, will rally on the steps of the Supreme Court on February 27 to say it is still necessary.

Voter suppression efforts in the last two years threatened the constitutional rights of nearly 5 million people. If we want the Voting Rights Act to defend us, we have to defend it. Join us on February 27 and stand up for the integrity of the electoral process."

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