Washington, D.C. — In response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brnovich v. DNC, the States United Democracy Center released the statement below from CEO Joanna Lydgate and States United Co-Chairs former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman and Ambassador Norman Eisen.
“In yet another anti-voting decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has made it even more difficult to fight racial discrimination at the ballot box. Today’s decision underscores the urgent need for strong leadership at the local, state, and federal levels to protect the freedom to vote.
This ruling comes in the midst of a national assault on American elections. As Justice Kagan wrote in the dissent, “efforts to suppress the minority vote continue.” Sweeping voter suppression bills have been pushed in more than 40 states across the country—everything from limiting the hours when black voters traditionally go to the polls to adding barriers for disabled voters and the elderly to get absentee ballots.
While we are no strangers to working in an environment with weakened federal protections for voting, our local, state, and federal officials must be committed to using every tool available to make sure all eligible Americans can cast their ballots freely, fairly, and securely. We have an opportunity to show the American people what bipartisan leadership looks like when it comes to protecting the freedom to vote, and that starts with our leaders in Congress. This fight is far from over.”
The States United Democracy Center is a nonpartisan organization advancing free, fair, and secure elections. We focus on connecting state officials, law enforcement leaders, and pro-democracy partners across America with the tools and expertise they need to safeguard our democracy. For more information, visit www.statesuniteddemocracy.org.