Scott Statement on the 49th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

August 6, 2014
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott released the following statement on the 49th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965:

"The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was one of the most consequential pieces of legislation of the Civil Rights Movement.  For the last 49 years, the Voting Rights Act has helped ensure that no one's right to vote is infringed.  Unfortunately, as we mark this anniversary, we must recognize that we still have work to do to restore the core protections of the Voting Rights Act.  Last year's Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder dealt a striking blow to the Voting Rights Act by ruling the coverage formula in Section 4 of the law unconstitutional.  This coverage formula was critical in requiring states with a long history of discrimination and voter intimidation to pre-clear any changes to their voting and election laws with the federal government. It is my hope that in honor of the Act's 49th year, Congress will pass the Voting Rights Amendment Act, a bipartisan bill carefully crafted to create a coverage formula consistent with Shelby that will protect voters in states with a history of discrimination."

# # #