Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC Calls On Congress to Protect Freedom to Vote Following Supreme Court Decision in Brnovich v. DNC

Decision threatens the freedom to vote for Asian Americans and other communities of color
For Immediate Release
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Mary Tablante 202-296-2300, ext. 0114 mtablante@advancingjustice-aajc.org

Washington, D.C.—Today, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s discriminatory voting rights laws in a 6-3 decision in Brnovich v. DNC. The Court reached this decision by imposing onerous hurdles that communities of color must overcome in order to protect their right to the franchise. 

Advancing Justice - AAJC President and Executive Director John C. Yang issues the following statement: 

“We strongly condemn the Court’s decision as an affront to democracy and to the voters. Asian American, Black, Latino, and Native American voters in particular will continue to face barriers to making their voices heard in elections. This decision not only impacts voters in Arizona, but further weakens the Voting Rights Act for all communities of color even as the Court acknowledged barriers to voting that we face.

With great urgency, we call on Congress to protect the freedom to vote and strengthen voting rights for safe and accessible elections for all. Congress must pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and fully restore the Voting Rights Act.  Our communities need a full set of tools from Congress to protect us from the rights that have been stripped away in addition to the barrage of anti-voting laws that are being enacted.”