June 25, 2013

HIRONO DENOUNCES SUPREME COURT DECISION GUTTING VOTING RIGHTS ACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement condemning the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, a key provision enabling the Department of Justice to protect minority voters:

“The Voting Rights Act has been critical to ensuring every American has access to one of our country’s most fundamental freedoms -- the right to vote. I am very disappointed that the Supreme Court assumed that voter registration and participation is no longer as much of a concern for minority voters. I couldn’t disagree more. Congress must act quickly to restore the key provisions the Supreme Court struck down and protect every Americans’ right to vote.”