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    November 9, 2012                                                                  kceballos@lwv.org


    Supreme Court Set to Review Voting Rights Act

    Statement by Elisabeth MacNamara, National President of the League of Women Voters

     Washington, D.C. – Today, the Supreme Court decided to review the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act.  In a week when American democracy was on display for all the world, this action by the Court is a huge step in the wrong direction. 

    The Voting Rights Act is an essential part of American democracy.  The thought that the Supreme Court might overrule Congress and take away voting rights should send a chill down the spine of every American.

    The Voting Rights Act ensures that every American has an equal right to vote.  With the problems in our election system exposed once again this week, the Supreme Court should be enforcing voting rights, not taking them away.

    Contact Kelly Ceballos at kceballos@lwv.org to find out more or to schedule an interview.


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  • On October 10, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of Fisher v. Austin. The question that the Court will consider is whether prior Supreme Court decisions on racial equality, including the latest college admissions decision in 2003, permit the University of Texas to use race in the selection of its freshman classes.

  • With all the hullaballoo last week over the Supreme Court’s decisions on health care and immigration, it’s not surprising that most people missed a four-line order issued on Thursday, well after the health care decision was announced. But for those of us closely following voter registration issues, those four lines spoke volumes.

  • The League is very pleased with the Supreme Court's decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Today’s decision in Florida v. HHS  was surprising but deeply important because it protects the health of millions of Americans. Read our full statement.

  • Supreme Court Decision Protects Health Care for Millions of Americans

     Washington, DC – The following statement is by Elisabeth MacNamara, national President of the League of Women Voters:

    “Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Florida v. HHS upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was surprising, but deeply important. This decision protects the health of millions of Americans.

    “The Court recognized health care reform for what it is: a legislative response to complex issues threatening the health and well-being of Americans that was best resolved by the elected branch of government – the Congress. The Court upheld this historic, transformative act of Congress.

    “Upholding the ACA brings our nation closer to the goals of this law: to provide universal health care for all Americans. There are still threats to these critical reforms and the League will continue its work fighting for progress on many fronts.

    “Now that the law has been upheld, children will no longer be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, young adults can stay on their parents’ health plans as dependents until age 26, Medicare participants will have annual check-ups and mammograms, and many uninsured Americans will now have health care coverage.

    “Leagues throughout the country will continue to educate communities and Americans on the ACA and its pivotal impact on their lives. Health care for all must be the goal as we expand coverage to millions of Americans and preserve the ACA’s transformational reforms.

    “We expressed great hope when the ACA passed Congress in 2010 after decades of struggle. Today, we look to a brighter future, a tomorrow that includes health care coverage for all Americans.”

    CONTACT: Kelly Ceballos, kceballos@lwv.org

  • One of the remaining cases that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide on before they recess for the summer is American Tradition Partnership vs. Bullock. The Supreme Court could decide to hear argument on this case when it returns this fall and ultimately it could cause the Supreme Court to reconsider its previous decision in Citizens United vs. FEC.