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    25, June 2024
    LatinoJustice PRLDEF Renews its Commitment to Fighting Voter Disenfranchisement 

LatinoJustice PRLDEF Renews its Commitment to Fighting Voter Disenfranchisement 

June 25, 2024 
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LatinoJustice PRLDEF Renews its Commitment to Fighting Voter Disenfranchisement 
11th Anniversary of the Shelby County v. Holder Decision 

New York, NY – Today marks the 11th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling on Shelby County v. Holder decision. In its decision, the Supreme Court invalidated, on constitutional grounds, Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act, which provided the formula for determining which jurisdictions were covered under Section 5.  
The following statement can be attributed to Isabelle C. Muhlbauer, National Advocacy Manager of Voting Rights at LatinoJustice PRLDEF: 

“As we observe the 11th anniversary of the Shelby County v. Holder decision, LatinoJustice renews its commitment to fighting voter disenfranchisement. This decision stripped away several critical protections in the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, leaving communities of Black and Brown voters vulnerable to voter suppression and discrimination. In fact, the racial gap in voting has consistently grown and is growing most quickly in parts of the country that were previously covered under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. 
“LatinoJustice has been increasing our advocacy at the state level, pushing for comprehensive voter protections and reforms through state Voting Rights Acts. Our ongoing initiatives focus on voter education and protection, aimed at empowering communities to fully participate in our democratic process. We also fully support the Expanding the VOTE Act that would provide more resources to jurisdictions to translate election materials for our non-English speaking communities. We urge Congress to enact critical legislation such as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act to restore and fortify voting rights. LatinoJustice stands committed to a democracy that truly represents our communities.” 


About LatinoJustice 
LatinoJustice PRLDEF works to create a more just society by using and challenging the rule of law to secure transformative, equitable and accessible justice, by empowering our community and by fostering leadership through advocacy and education. For over 50 years, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has acted as an advocate against injustices throughout the country. To learn more about LatinoJustice, visit