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Consequences of Overturning Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 Are Dire

The following is a statement from Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S.:

Washington, DC -- "President Obama was wrong today when he suggested the consequences of overturning Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act would be merely inconvenient.  With the upcoming Supreme Court case, the President and the nation must not underestimate the importance of protecting and defending the Voting Rights Act (VRA). The League believes that overturning Section 5 of the VRA would have dire consequences and would lead to disenfranchisement for millions of voters. This is the second time in as many weeks that President Obama has disappointed with his remarks regarding voting rights and the importance of fair elections in our democracy."

Kelly Ceballos
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