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Tuesday February 5, 2013

Over 20 Latino Organizations Urging Supreme Court to Uphold Voting Rights of Underrepresented Voters

Over 20 Latino Organizations Urging Supreme Court to Uphold Voting Rights of Underrepresented Voters

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The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund has signed on to an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, the challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

NALEO Educational Fund is joining 21 other leading national Latino organizations on the brief. The groups are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the voting rights of Latinos and other underrepresented voters by upholding Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.  Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act requires jurisdictions in 16 fully or partially covered states to submit proposed changes in voting procedures to the U.S. Department of Justice or a federal district court in D.C. before it goes into effect.

Analysis from a NALEO Educational Fund policy paper on voting rights found that more than one million Latino voters were at risk of being negatively affected in 2012 and beyond by restrictive voting laws at the state level.

Under Section 5, federal courts and the U.S. Department of Justice have halted the implementation of unfair voter identification laws, discriminatory redistricting plans and other measures in states like Arizona, Florida and Texas.

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in the case on February 27.