For Immediate Release
Shin Inouye, Inouye@civilrights.org, 202.869.0398
Federal Civil Rights Commission Finds Voting Rights Under Attack
WASHINGTON - Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the United States Commission on Civil Rights’ briefing report, An Assessment of Minority Voting Rights Access in the United States:
“This report puts a federal imprimatur on what we have been saying: the right to vote is under attack, and that diminishes our democracy. In its unanimous conclusion, the commission found that voting discrimination persists and that access to the ballot is still burdensome for racial minorities, voters with disabilities, and voters with limited English proficiency. We applaud the recommendations that Congress restore and expand the Voting Rights Act to thwart continuing discrimination, and that the Department of Justice robustly enforce the Act. For the sake of our democracy, they must do so.”
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