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Statement on Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act Decision

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act:

“Despite our tremendous advancements since the 1960s, discrimination and suppression remain at polling places and in state laws throughout the country. While the Supreme Court dealt a blow to voter equality today, it also placed the onus on Congress to improve the law and ensure that the equality our legal system prizes also applies in the voting booth. Now, Congress must act to preserve that which is fundamental to our democracy: the right to vote for all citizens.”

This Congress, Rep. Yarmuth is an original cosponsor of the Voter Empowerment Act, a comprehensive voting rights bill intended to modernize our voter registration system, reduce long wait times to vote, ensure equal access to the ballot box for all Americans, and prohibit deceptive practices that may discourage people seeking to exercise their constitutional right to vote.