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Press Statement July 1, 2021

NAACP President & CEO, Derrick Johnson, on the Supreme Court's Brnovich decision enabling voter suppression

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The Supreme Court mounted a frontal attack on democracy today. The 6-3 ruling in Brnovich v. Democratic National Convention places new restrictions on Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which was signed into law almost 40 years ago by Ronald Reagan. The Court sent the clear message that vote suppressors around the country will go unchecked as they enact voting restrictions that disproportionately impact voters of color. 

We couldn't agree more with Justice Kagan in her dissent. "This Court has no right to remake Section 2." 

Eight years ago, this Court gutted the heart of the Voting Rights Act in the Shelby County v. Holder case. Section 2 was all we had left to protect our foundational right to vote. Let's be clear:  The NAACP will fight with everything we've got to restore the Voting Rights Act to its full strength and ensure that voters of color are protected in exercising their right to fully participate in our democracy.