CBC Chairman's Statement on Texas v. Holder

8/31/2012, 10:48 a.m.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver II released the following statement pertaining to the Aug. 30 ruling in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Texas v. Holder, the state's proposed voter ID law:

"Attacks on our Constitutional right to vote are underway in states across the country and today's decision by a federal court proves these efforts can be challenged and defeated. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 guaranteed that every eligible voter in America would not be turned away from the ballot box, and blatantly discriminatory laws cannot be allowed to stand.

"Attempts to disenfranchise millions of voters, particularly those from African American, Asian and Latino communities must be stopped."While there are individuals working to guarantee our country's regression by proposing and advocating for these restrictive laws, there are many more diligently working in their communities to ensure voters are informed and prepared to exercise their right to vote on Election Day. Today's victory belongs to us.

"The Congressional Black Caucus applauds the Department of Justice for continuing to aggressively challenge these biased Voter ID and other suppressive laws. We will also continue to be vocal and active in defense of our fundamental right to vote."