Menendez on 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

Menendez on 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act


WASHINGTON, DC – On the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today issued the following statement on the vital role the Voting Rights Act plays in safeguarding our democracy:

“Free and fair elections are the basis of an effective democracy, and the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act reminds us that this critical law is as important today as it was 50 years ago. If every voter’s voice cannot be heard, our government cannot truly claim to represent its people.

“We have seen the continued importance of the Voting Rights Act just this week in a ruling on Texas’s voter ID law. That law would have burdened poor and minority citizens trying to vote, but on Wednesday the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals thankfully held that it violated the Voting Rights Act. With cases popping up and questions of inequality being raised, it is clear that Congress’ work is not yet done.

“I have expressed – and will always express – strong support of the Voting Rights Act, and believe we must all speak up as we see continued attacks on hard-fought-for civil rights.

“Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County vs. Holder, it has become more difficult to stop voting discrimination. I am proud to be a cosponsor of the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore the Voting Rights Act to its full strength to protect every American’s right to vote. Now, on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, we must all come together to pass this critical piece of legislation.

“We need to strive to increase voter participation in America and must do everything in our power to protect all Americans’ right to vote and empower every single person yearning to participate in our democracy.”

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