Schakowsky statement on the Supreme Court's assault on Voting Rights
Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip, released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Husted v. APRI, which rolls back voting rights by upholding the State of Ohio’s policy of purging infrequent voters from voter rolls:
“I am disturbed and angered by the Supreme Court’s decision in Husted v. APRI. The right to vote in America has been under attack by Republican politicians and special interests for quite some time now. This latest judicial assault on a fundamental pillar of American democracy threatens to even further disenfranchise Americans. Voter participation in the United States is dismally low – a recent Pew Research study found that the United States placed 26th out of 32 developed nations in terms of participation in their last major elections. We should be actively looking for ways to bring more people into the democratic process, not slamming the doors of democracy shut.
“At a time when citizens of the United States rightly feel that their sacred right to vote has been chipped away and diluted by discriminatory state laws, big money in politics, and foreign influence in our elections, this Supreme Court decision is inexcusable. I encourage Americans to channel this disenfranchisement into action – we must pass comprehensive voting rights legislation and ensure that Americans of every color, creed, and economic status truly have an equal voice at the ballot box. Our democracy depends on it.”