Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today as the Supreme Court begins hearing arguments on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act:
“The Voting Rights Act lives on to be one of the most critical and successful pieces of legislation Congress has ever passed. It is instrumental in protecting every American’s right to vote, which is the basis for our democracy. This challenge to Section 5 of the Act fails to recognize the continued necessity of pre-clearance, especially after the trouble so many Americans had trying to cast their ballots last November.
"As a sponsor of the Help America Vote Act, I am committed to improving our voting system to make sure every citizen, regardless of race, sex, income-level, or physical ability, is heard and that every vote is counted accurately. Without the protections of the Voting Rights Act, including Section 5, millions of Americans would be at risk of being disenfranchised through nefarious tactics like voter dilution or deceptive practices. I am proud to stand with members of the Congressional Black Caucus and others in defense of the Voting Rights Act, and I am confident that this unfounded court challenge will see it upheld.”