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Pelosi Statement on Nine Years Since the Shelby County v. Holder Decision

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement marking nine years since the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision in 2013, which gutted the protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965:


“Nine years ago today, the Supreme Court dealt a grave blow to American Democracy with its disastrous ruling in Shelby v. Holder.  By gutting the heart of the Voting Rights Act, a Republican-appointed Court opened the floodgates to rampant voter suppression, partisan gerrymandering and a surge of dark money in our elections.  Nearly a decade later, this ruling continues to undermine the cornerstone of our Democracy, allowing malicious forces to chip away at Americans’ sacred right to vote and silence people of color across the country.


“House Democrats have proudly fought alongside relentless advocates to reverse these sinister attacks.  The Democratic House has twice passed our For The People Act to restore a government of, by and for the people.  And last year, driven by the inspiring legacy of its namesake, we advanced the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to revitalize the VRA and restore its urgently needed voter protections.  As right-wing extremists continue their vicious campaign of disenfranchisement, Democrats will not rest until we ensure that every American has a say in the destiny of our Democracy.


“Today, and every day, let us renew our commitment to realizing our nation’s founding promise, upholding the rights of every American and building a more just future for the next generation.”


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