AG Speaks in Support of Voting Rights

On the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, Attorney General Eric Holder challenged the Supreme Court to uphold a key section of the Voting Rights Act that requires all or part of 15 states with a history of discrimination to get federal clearance before carrying out changes in elections. At a speech Thursday to civil rights group the National Action Network, Holder stated, “Let me be clear: While this country has indeed changed, and real progress has been made, we are not yet at the point where the most vital part of the Voting Rights Act can be described as unnecessary or a product of a flawed political process.” WATE reports that Holder also spoke on voter ID laws, gun regulation, and improving the criminal justice system.