Press Release ● Voting Rights
For Immediate Release: 
September 30, 2013
Contact Info: 

Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to the Justice Department’s decision to file a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina over the state’s voter identification law 

“Attorney General Holder is absolutely right to challenge North Carolina’s new, discriminatory law, which will effectively disenfranchise many of its residents, particularly seniors, students, and members of minority groups.  Following the disappointing decision by the Supreme Court striking down part of the Voting Rights Act, the Administration has been moving swiftly to challenge states’ actions that put voting rights in jeopardy.  However, we must see action from Congress as well.  I have been honored to work with Civil Rights hero Rep. John Lewis and other Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to expand voter protections in the past, and I continue to urge both sides to work together once more to safeguard every American’s fundamental right to access the ballot box and participate equally in our democracy.”