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Congressman Bobby Scott

Representing the 3rd District of Virginia

Scott Statement on Recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration

January 22, 2014
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the report and recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration released this morning:

"I commend the President for establishing this commission of experts to review election administration in the United States. During the 2012 election, there were numerous reports of severely long lines at the polls throughout Virginia on Election Day, as well as reports of issues with voter registration. The Commission's report provides several important recommendations that our local and state election officials should review to better allocate election resources, improve access to the polls, streamline voter registration, and reduce wait times. Congress should also closely look at these recommendations to see how the federal government can assist state and local governments in improving how elections are administered.

"Expanding and improving access to voting is a critical goal, but we must also exert equal effort on preventing and eliminating voter discrimination. Last year's Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder undermined a significant portion of the Voting Rights Act and that is why Congress must pass the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 to restore important protections against discrimination in voting."

The Commission's full report can be accessed online at: www.supportthevoter.gov.

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