Butterfield Applauds House Passage of Voting Rights Advancement Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement after the U. S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act:
“In 2013, the Supreme Court struck a devastating blow to protections for minority voters across America when it invalidated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 in its Shelby County v. Holder decision. The Court struck down the “preclearance” formula that gave power to Section 5 of the VRA and prohibited certain jurisdictions with histories of racial discrimination in voting from implementing election or redistricting changes that would negatively impact minority voters. Since that decision, the right to vote has been under coordinated attack in North Carolina and across the country, with at least 23 states enacting voter suppression laws, including voter purges, strict ID requirements, poll closures and curtailing of early voting hours.
“Over the past year, as a member of the House Committee on Administration’s Subcommittee on Elections, I traveled across the country to participate in Congressional field hearings, including one in Weldon, North Carolina, to hear from witnesses about election administration and fair access to the ballot box. In a recently released report on these hearings, the Subcommittee confirmed the persistence of voter suppression and discrimination in voting across the country.
“In the greatest democracy on earth, the path to the ballot box must be unfettered for all voters. Congress has an obligation to address discrimination in voting and the need to restore the protections of the Voting Rights Act are clear. I am proud I helped pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act and strongly urge the Senate to take it up immediately and get it to the desk of President.”