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On Wednesday, February 27, the Supreme Court will review Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, a case that questions the constitutionality of Section 5 the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965, the landmark legislation that outlawed discriminatory voting practices. This is a critically important case, and to show our support for the VRA, we’ll be joining with our partner organizations to rally in front of the Supreme Court on the day of the arguments.
The League firmly believes the Supreme Court must uphold Section 5 or it would erase 50 years of progress for minority voters, and signed onto an amicus brief to signify our support and asking the Supreme Court to uphold the lower court’s ruling. When the Voting Rights Act was last reauthorized in 2006 with overwhelming bipartisan support, Congress declared that without its protections, “racial and language minority citizens will be deprived of the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.”
In addition to our amicus brief, the League of Women Voters of South Carolina has also submitted an amicus brief, joining onto a state brief that addresses how Section 5 helped implement and clear a Voter ID law in South Carolina.
In conjunction with many of our national partners, the League is participating in a rally at the Supreme Court on February 27, starting with a press briefing at 8:30 am and the rally running from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. If you’re in the DC area, please join us for all or part of the rally!