In anticipation of President Barack Obama’s announcement of his nominee to the Supreme Court, the NAACP’s Youth and College Division sent a letter to U.S. Senate leadership.
Given the importance of the position which was left vacant by Justice Scalia’s passing, we firmly urge you to move forward with your Constitutional responsibility of “advise and consent” and hold hearings, and ultimately a vote, on the next nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court did decide, however, that Section 4(b) of the VRA, which establishes the formula that is used to determine which states and jurisdictions must comply with preclearance, is antiquated and thus unconstitutional and can no longer be used.
S. 2123 / H.R. 3713 marks a good start, yet more can, and should be done to reform the sentencing policies of our nation. This legislation must be seen as a beginning, not the full cure or the end of the ills which are pervasive in our system.
We must tell Congress – both the House and the Senate – that the time to act is now! We must not delay and allow one more American to face unnecessary, unconstitutional, and undemocratic obstacles as they try to vote.