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Shelby County v. Holder
On February 27, 2013, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case from Shelby County, Alabama, in which opponents of the Voting Rights Act are trying to strike down a key section of the law—Section 5. Section 5 is the heart of the act, and a critical and proven tool to protect the right to vote for many Americans.
Civil Rights Community Shows Support for the Voting Rights Act
Real Voters Tell Their Stories: “The Voting Rights Act Protected My Vote”
The Voting Rights Act continues to play a critical role in preventing and addressing real threats to minorities’ right to vote in our country.
Sadly, voter discrimination based on race is not a thing of the past—it’s a reality of our present. In the 2012 election, efforts to disenfranchise millions of minority voters were only stopped because they were in areas protected by the Voting Rights Act.
New videos tell the stories of the people whose right to vote is under threat.
See how Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 protected voters in Shelby county, Alabama.
See how Texas passed a discriminatory law that would have denied Victoria Rose Rodriguez, a college student in San Antonio, the right to vote:
Hear an 82-year old woman tell the story about how the legislators in South Carolina tried to deny her the right to vote because she has never had a birth certificate:
These videos show just two attempts to deprive Americans of the right to vote that were stopped because Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act was able to step in and protect voters. And these examples do not stand alone. In just the last few years, a number of towns, cities, and states have tried to change election procedures in a way that takes away the rights of some Americans to vote—because of their race.
These practices range from the ID laws in these videos, to packing African-American voters into fewer districts to give them less of a voice, to moving around election dates.
Many such attempts have also been blocked by Section 5.
Because of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Victoria Rodriguez, Hanna White, and millions of other minority voters in South Carolina, Texas and other areas with a continued legacy of discrimination had their right to vote protected in the 2012 election.
Section 5 is a proven tool to ensure voters are not deprived of this fundamental right – it is flexible, ever evolving, and often helps prevent discrimination from ever taking root.
Although our country has made immense progress over past decades – thanks in large part to the Voting Rights Act – the law has a strong track record and continues to be needed to protect voters from genuine and documented attempts at disenfranchisement. The Voting Rights Act is necessary to ensure that our aspirations for a stronger democracy are a reality for all citizens.
If you care about protecting real people’s right to vote, share these videos today and stand up for the Voting Rights Act.