Washington, D.C. – In response to the Supreme’s Court decision today in Brnovich v. DNC, which is a major blow to the landmark Voting Rights Act and its ability to help protect voters from discrimination, Tom Lopach, President and CEO of the Voter Participation Center (VPC) and Center for Voter Information (CVI), released the following statement:
“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a devastating blow to our democracy, especially in the midst of the nationwide assault on voting. Not only does this decision damage the Voting Rights Act but it allows some Arizona lawmakers to make it more difficult for voters – especially Latino, Native American, and Black voters- to access the ballot box and make their voices heard.
“In response, Congress must act immediately to defend voting rights by passing an elections reform bill that protects voters and our democracy. As we continue to fight for that strong federal standard, the Voter Participation Center and the Center for Voter Information will keep registering, informing, mobilizing, and turning out the New American Majority. In light of today’s decision, we have to join together and work harder than ever to protect the right to vote across the country.”
The Voter Participation Center and Center for Voter Information are non-profit, non-partisan organizations founded in 2003 to help members of the New American Majority – unmarried women, people of color and young people – register and vote. Since then, the organizations have helped 5.7 million people register and cast ballots.