NAACP Statement Regarding White House Meeting on the Voting Rights Act

(WASHINGTON DC)— The NAACP released the following statement following a meeting of civil rights leaders with President Obama, Attorney General Holder and Labor Secretary Tom Perez on the efforts to strengthen the Voting Rights Act after the decision in Shelby v. Holder. NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock represented the NAACP at the White House meeting.

From Roslyn M. Brock, NAACP Chairman of the National Board of Directors:

"The Supreme Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act has opened the floodgates to discrimination at the ballot box and potentially set our nation back 50 years,” stated NAACP Chairman of the Board Roslyn M. Brock.  “To prevent a return to the days of Jim Crow, the NAACP is launching a series of town halls calling on Congress to immediately update the formula and restore Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act and for state and local elected officials to put a moratorium on changes to election laws that could disenfranchise voters.  Courage will not skip this generation and neither will the right to vote.”

“We thank the Obama Administration for again making voting rights a national priority,” continued Brock. “The NAACP will continue to work with the Administration, Congress and our allies to ensure the right to vote is protected for all Americans.”

From Jotaka Eaddy, NAACP Sr. Director for Voting Rights:

“The Obama Administration is taking an important step in the right direction to defend the right to vote,” stated Jotaka Eaddy, NAACP Sr. Director for Voting Right. “From North Carolina to Texas, states are already reinstating and passing new election laws that have been proven to be discriminatory. It is vital that we work together and push Congress act quickly to update and restore Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.  The future of our democracy depends on it.”

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