Georgia Black Republican Council praises Voting Rights Act ruling – Atlanta Paulding County Republican | Examiner.com

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Jun

Georgia Black Republican Council praises Voting Rights Act ruling – Atlanta Paulding County Republican | Examiner.com

Black conservative organizations came out on Wednesday and praised the Tuesday’s Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to strike down a central component of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, “freeing nine states, mostly in the South,” including Georgia.

The Georgia Black Republican Council, along with the Frederick Douglass Foundation released comments yesterday to their supporters and some media outlets that such a decision was now due as progress has been made.

Leo Smith, Vice Chair for Public Policy with the Georgia Black Republican Council said, “Yesterday, the US Supreme Court issued a decision on the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965…and as Republicans, we assert that the integrity of the system that guarantees the right to vote is of utmost importance. The South’s history of Democrat Party coordinated initiatives to disenfranchise black American citizens was very real. As such, Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act was at that time based upon Democrat Party activity consistent with Jim Crow laws, to restrict black American voting.”

“Like the Republican Party as a whole, we wish to see all rights to vote secured and edified, and along with that, confidence in the to be clear, today’s ruling did not argue the necessity of the Voting Rights Act; it simply examined whether Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act was Constitutional. In finding that the systemic conditions and practice of blocking blacks from voting essentially does not exist today, the act therefore is not relevant. Thus, the ruling makes Section 5 invalid. The US Congress now has to re-examine the conditions that required the VRA and whether or not the conditions that once required the VRA remain.”

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