Press Release ● Voting Rights
For Immediate Release: 
May 15, 2017
Contact Info: 

Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal to the North Carolina voter identification case:

“Today’s announcement by the Supreme Court ought to send a signal to Republican-led states that adopting tough voter-ID requirement and limitations on early voting and same-day registration will be seen for what they are: discriminatory measures intended to limit minorities’ access to the ballot box.  North Carolina’s indefensible and undemocratic voting laws were among laws enacted by some states after the Supreme Court’s disastrous Shelby v. Holder ruling, which weakened the federal government’s ability to protect voters from being denied their right to vote through restrictive state and local laws.  Congress must come together to enact the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act, which would restore the federal Justice Department’s ability to block these types of discriminatory laws from taking effect in states that have a proven history of denying eligible voters their most fundamental right.”