Statement from Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler
The United States Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act Despite Persisting Racial Discrimination
Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, Attorney General, et al
Baltimore, MD ( June 25, 2013) - "I am greatly disappointed by today's Supreme Court decision significantly weakening the Voting Rights Act (VRA), despite overwhelming evidence of persisting racial discrimination at the polls. As demonstrated by the 2010 findings of the task force I convened on voting irregularities, and by my office's successful prosecution just last year of a political consultant who conducted robocalls aimed at deterring minority turnout, voter suppression is still all too real. Laws like the VRA are critical to ensuring that everyone's vote gets counted, no matter their race. In the fight for equality at the ballot box, today's decision is a big step backwards.
Justice Ginsburg is right - The majority opinion is tone-deaf to the ongoing forms of discrimination that keep the vote from being fully and fairly counted. While it's true we've made great progress since 1965, we still have a long way to go. My office will continue to do all it can to vigorously protect the rights of all Marylanders to vote on equal terms."
To see the Final Report of the Attorney General's Task Force on Voting Irregularities visit: