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KEMP COMMENTS ON VOTING RIGHTS ACT RULING BY US SUPREME COURT

Written by Matt Davis on June 25, 2013. Posted in News/Weather

The US Supreme Court voted yesterday to halt enforcement of a key Voting Rights Act provision which has long been used as a tool to stop voting discrimination.  The 5-4 ruling determined unconstitutional a provision of the Act which requires states and municipalities to get federal approval for proposed election changes.

Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp issued the following statement on the matter:

“Georgia and the rest of the nation have made tremendous progress in the past 50 years.  In recognizing that the current formulation for protection in Section Four of the Voting Rights Act is outdated and obsolete, the Supreme Court validated this progress today.  Our Constitution, our Bill of Rights and Section Two of the Voting Rights Act prohibit any form of racial discrimination within the democratic process.  As Georgia’s chief elections official, it is my sacred duty to uphold this.”

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