Brewer On VRA Ruling: ‘Bad Things That Took Place Decades Ago’ Don’t Happen Anymore

June 25, 2013 11:25 a.m.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) lauded the Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday to overturn a key provision in the Voting Rights Act, calling the ruling the “right thing to do.”

Currently nine states with a history of racial discrimination, including Arizona, must have changes to their voting laws cleared by the Justice Department before they go into effect. The ruling guts this longstanding requirement.

“It’s hampered us for a long time,” Brewer told reporters Tuesday. “I think we were being punished by the Voting Rights Act for indiscretions, for bad things that took place decades ago and those don’t take place any longer. We have grown and so it was the right thing to do so I’m pleased.”

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