Last week, in Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. Therefore, there is no longer a "pre-clearance" mechanism to enforce Section 5, which ensures equal access to the right to vote regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, social status or personal wealth. However, the Supreme Court's decision recognizes Congress' authority to ensure no person is denied the right to vote by revising Section 4.
For nearly 48 years, the VRA has stopped the proliferation of laws that would make it more difficult for Americans to vote. That protection is just as important today as it was 48 years ago. Congress must act immediately to protect the voting rights for millions of Americans by extending "pre-clearance" to every state in America to ensure that the VRA protects every American citizen's right to vote.
In 2006, Democrats and Republicans were able to come together in a bipartisan fashion to reauthorize the law- passing the House by a vote of 390-33 and the Senate by a vote of 98-0.
We now call upon the South Carolina Delegation to once again put aside partisan politics and do what is in the best interest of our state and the nation. We cannot extoll the virtues of Democracy and the sanctity of the right to vote to the rest of the world if we fail to extend these same rights and protections to our own people.
It is time for the South Carolina Delegation to stand up and do what is right! Work together NOW to revise Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act!
Please sign this petition to our Congressional Delegation to show that South Carolinians still support -- yesterday, today, and always --voting rights for all Americans. Join us as we call on our Congressional Delegation to continue to support the VRA, as they have in the past :
Senator Lindsey Graham in 2006 - “I’m proud of the progress that has been made in years past and those who made it happen. During some very turbulent times, they shed blood, sweat and tears to bring about major change in our nation. I owe them a debt of gratitude, like others in my generation.”
Senator Tim Scott in 2013 - “We are a nation that demands fairness and accountability."
Representative Jim Clyburn in 2013- “The Voting Rights Act has been the single most important tool to protect the right to vote over the last half century…. I stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to enact an updated version of the law so that we can continue to ensure that no American is denied the right to participate in our democracy. What was true in 2006 remains true today, and I am confident that we will able to work, as we did then, in a bipartisan manner to preserve the Voting Rights Act. American voters will expect no less.”
Representative Joe Wilson in 2013 - "I have always been supportive of the Voting Rights Act and voted for its reauthorization in 2006."