|President Lyndon B. Johnson Martin Luther King and Clarence Mitchell during signing ceremony of the voting rights act (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Shelby County leaders argue that the state and local governments covered by this law have made enough progress and this law does not apply to them. Section 5 prohibits states that are under the mandate from changing voting laws if the government finds them to be discriminatory.
“We encourage the Supreme Court of the United States to uphold legislation that allows for everyone to have fair access to the voting franchise. The federal government is the only check against state power to determine citizen access to the right to vote. We must support legal measures that protect voting rights.
There is a history of voter suppression in Alabama. There has been a recent revival of the voter suppression trend across the nation since 2012. We call on the highest court in the land to remember our shared history during these arguments and protect our priceless democratic future,” said D. Alexander Bullock.
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