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Statement by Attorney Sam General Olens on the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act Decision

PRESS ADVISORY

Statement by Attorney Sam General Olens on the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act Decision

June 25, 2013

Attorney General Sam Olens released the following statement regarding the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in Shelby County v. Holder.

“When the Voting Rights Act was passed in the 1960s, several states and local jurisdictions, including Georgia, discriminated against minority voters.  Discrimination is wrong, and Section 5 was an appropriate response.

I am pleased, however, that the Supreme Court recognized today that, “[n]early 50 years later, things have changed dramatically.” 

The Voting Rights Act will continue to protect the rights of all voters in all states, but will no longer treat some states differently based on outdated formulas that thankfully no longer reflect current practices.

Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act makes clear that racial discrimination in voting is illegal nationwide, and remains a strong and effective tool to counter discrimination.”