President Diann Woodard’s Statement on SCOTUS Voting Rights Act Ruling

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote. In a nation that claims to be a beacon of freedom and equality, and a shining light of democracy for the world, this decision is shameful. The court’s ruling eliminates vital protections for voters in states and localities that have a long history and continuing record of discriminating against voters on the basis of race.

However, we know the act was reauthorized in 2006 by large majorities in Congress, and we also know that 44 states this year proposed legislation to strengthen voting rights and seven states have already successfully passed their laws. And, there are currently several members of Congress that are pledging their support of voter rights.

AFSA proudly stands with working families in continuing the fight for social and economic justice. We must not rest until every single person has equal access to the ballot box.

You can stand up and join this campaign by demanding Congress protect the most fundamental aspect of our democracy – the right to vote! Sign the pledge to Restore Voting Rights here: Tell Congress to Restore Voting Rights