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Senator Casey statement on 48th anniversary of Voting Rights Act


August 7, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement on the 48th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act on August 6:

“Today’s anniversary of the Voting Rights Act is a moment to remember the courage of so many people who fought, organized and risked their lives to ensure equal access to the vote for all Americans. While we pause to mark this historic day, we must also recognize the challenges that lie ahead. The Supreme Court’s decision to gut a key section of the Voting Rights Act has unleashed a tidal wave of laws designed to keep Americans from exercising their right to vote. I’m pleased that the Senate Judiciary Committee has already held hearings on ways to restore Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, and I’ll continue to push Congress to move in a swift and bipartisan fashion on this issue. I’ll also continue to oppose state laws, like Voter ID, that substantially impact the opportunity of residents to freely exercise their right to vote. Why would we want to make it harder for people to vote? Why should we erect barriers in front of Americans who want their voices to be heard? Today’s anniversary is a moment to redouble our efforts to protect the voting rights of millions of Americans.”