In its decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, the Supreme Court removed the fundamental protections against racial discrimination in voting that have been in place for over 40 years. The Court struck down Section 4, which determine the states and jurisdictions that must obtain federal approval before amending their election laws and procedures.
The League of Women Voters is extremely disappointed in this decision. " We believe that today's Supreme Court decision is na´ve," said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. on June 25th. " The fact that the Department of Justice blocked over 700 voting changes they found to be discriminatory from 1982 through the VRA's (Voting Rights Act) reauthorization speaks for itself."
The League of Women Voters of Missouri urges citizens to contact their representatives in Congress and insist that Congress take action immediately and return the VRA to its full strength.
In the meantime, the League will oppose any attempt to suppress the rights of eligible voters to register and vote in every election. Since our founding, the League has worked for the right to free and fair access to this fundamental right in our democracy. We urge all those committed to protecting the right to vote to join us.
League of Women Voters of Missouri, Lois Detrick and Elaine Blodgett Co-Presidents
League of Women Voters of St. Louis, Kathleen Farrell and Linda McDaniel Co-Presidents