Graham: Section 4 Of Voting Rights Act ‘No Longer Necessary’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Tuesday that the crucial Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which the Supreme Court struck down today, is no longer necessary in light of the “tremendous progress” South Carolina’s electoral system has achieved.

“Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act was a necessary tool to preserve voting rights, but due to the reform and advances in South Carolina election law, it is no longer necessary,” he said in a statement. “The Supreme Court noted this tremendous progress in South Carolina’s electoral system and it was the underpinning of their decision. I concur with the Court that our state has made tremendous progress.”

He went on: “The Supreme Court decision now puts South Carolina on equal footing with every other state in the nation. As a South Carolinian, I’m glad we will no longer be singled out and treated differently than our sister states.”


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