B’nai B’rith International is disappointed at the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling, which eliminates the requirement that nine states and numerous counties must seek federal approval before changing their election laws. We are concerned that this ruling could pave the way for state and local efforts to suppress voting by minorities.
We are relieved that the decision does not actually overturn the 1965 law banning discriminatory voting rules.
Over the years, Congress voted repeatedly to extend the requirement that these states and localities get pre-approval to change their voting laws. It’s time for Congress to act again.
B’nai B’rith urges Congress to remedy the situation by enacting new legislation that addresses discriminatory voting conditions by enacting federal oversight of voting rules.