HOUSTON, TX. June 25, 2013 ― True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released a statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional.
“This is without doubt a step in the right direction for our Republic,” True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “In the months leading up to this decision, the nation has come to realize, through an assortment of scandals and revelations, just how far the federal government has reached into the daily lives of ordinary citizens. It is our hope that as the nation considers adjustments – we keep an eye toward our founding values of liberty, justice and common privacy. The process of reigning in federal abuses begins with our election systems – today’s decision serves as momentum in our favor.
“For decades, voters in various states, counties and boroughs have been punished for the sins others committed in a bygone era. Washington has treated whole segments of this nation as guilty until proven innocent. Ideological bureaucrats have used this law to exact a form of racial justice on their presumed enemies while ignoring the country’s demands for basic election integrity measures. Thankfully, the Court stripped Washington of a power that was only being used as a weapon today.
“An active electorate is the key to a healthy, representative republic. It is our responsibility to engage, serve and question our election systems. Today the average voter was returned an immense power in the American experiment.”
The preclearance portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act prohibited certain states from making any changes to election laws and procedures without gaining official authorization from either the U.S. Department of Justice or a three judge panel in the D.C. District Court. The law has been used to block voter identification laws and initiatives to hold non-partisan elections in recent years.
True the Vote (TTV) a nonpartisan, voters’ rights and election integrity organization focused on preserving election integrity and is operated by citizens for citizens, to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.