On SCOTUS VRA Hearing
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
Statement From Mimi Marziani, Why Tuesday? Director of Operations:
This morning, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments over whether or not to invalidate part of the Voting Rights Act. While this debate is important, it cannot overshadow discussions about what our next voting rights laws should be. Last November, we witnessed unacceptable voting lines, elderly women waiting in line for 6+ hours, and participation rates that continue to put us in the bottom quartile among democracies worldwide. Our democracy is suffering and, whatever the Supreme Court decides, we need real conversation and new legislation to upgrade to a voting system 2.0. When our computers go out of whack, we don’t wait for them to upgrade themselves — we know they are too important. We can’t wait to upgrade our democracy.