Resolution On U.S. Supreme Court's Decision Effectively Gutting The Voting Rights Act


Resolution 13-07.36L


WHEREAS, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) is one of the most effective, and necessary, pieces legislation passed by Congress in the last fifty years; and

WHEREAS, despite achievements and advances we've made collectively as a nation over the past fifty years, in red states like Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and others, work remains to be done so that all Americans can enjoy their voting rights without discrimination; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down the existing coverage formula used to determine which states and electoral subdivisions are subject to the preclearance requirement of Section 5 of the VRA, effectively gutting the Act by taking away the Department of Justice's strongest tool to prevent voter disenfranchisement;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party forcefully condemns this 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court which is bound to set back the cause of voting rights for years to come; and

THEREFORE BE IT FUTHER RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party strongly supports efforts to mitigate the damage the court's decision is likely to inflict on voters who are registered in preclearance districts.


Author: John Burton, Chairman, California Democratic Party

Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa
July 21, 2013





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