Sen. Sanders: ‘Voting Rights Act As Necessary Today’ As During Jim Crow Era

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reacted to the Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday to gut the Voting Rights Act by asserting that the 1965 law “is as necessary today as it was in the era of Jim Crow laws.”

“The Supreme Court has turned back the clock on equality in America by striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act,” Sanders said in a statement. “The landmark civil rights law that Congress passed almost five decades ago, and reauthorized with overwhelming bipartisan support only seven years ago, has been an important tool to protect voters in places with a history of discrimination. The law is as necessary today as it was in the era of Jim Crow laws. We must act immediately to rewrite this vital law.”



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