Philadelphia, June 25, 2013– Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement on the Supreme Court split decision on Shelby County v. Holder.
“The Supreme Court’s decision today is a disheartening turn in the fight for a fair and equal voting process for every American citizen. For decades, the right to vote has been protected and voting discrimination limited because of the Voting Rights Act. The Supreme Court’s ruling will diminish the protections that have been passed and renewed with bi-partisan support. I want to thank President Barack Obama for calling Congress to action on this disappointing decision to ensure that every citizen’s voice and vote is heard.”