June 25, 2013. U.S. Senator Kay Hagan today released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.
“I am deeply discouraged that the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the landmark Voting Rights Act that exists to prevent racially discriminatory voting practices. Though our country has come a long way since this law was enacted, injustice still exists and still threatens the rights of minority voters.
“It is clear that in striking down Section 4, the Supreme Court has effectively gutted Section 5 – the heart of the law. This is a step backwards. I hope that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will join me in fighting for honest and just elections that afford everyone an equal opportunity to participate in the democratic process.”