Published: Thu. Aug 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Updated: Fri. Aug 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Comments: 0
From the President's Desk:
A Pennsylvania judge yesterday announced he would not block enforcement of the state’s recently-enacted restrictive voter ID law.
We at the National Urban League are deeply disappointed by the decision to fast-track this burdensome law, that serves only to solve a problem that--by the state’s own admission-- does not exist. In court documents submitted during the hearings, the state stipulated that it knows of no incidents of voter impersonation and that it planned to present no evidence that it occurs.
We will not be deterred by these blatant efforts to suppress the votes and the voices of minorities and the poor, and through our Occupy the Vote campaign, we will be working to ensure that those who are eligible to vote have what they need to vote.
We are encouraged by the ACLU of Pennsylvania’s announcement that it would appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court.
We urge the high court to overturn this egregious law.
Eric Holder and Bernette Johnson Honored at Whitney M. Young Awards Gala
“In our efforts to protect voting rights and to prevent voting fraud, we will be vigilant and strong…we will not allow political pretext to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious right.”
- Attorney General Eric Holder
Two recipients of National Urban League awards at our recent annual conference in New Orleans are emblematic of our “Occupy the Vote” campaign to protect the voting rights of millions of Americans this November. Attorney General Eric Holder has likened the sudden proliferation of voter ID laws to modern day “poll taxes,” and has made stopping voter suppression one of the Justice Department’s top priorities. And Louisiana’s first African American woman Supreme Court Justice, Bernette Joshua Johnson, who is the second longest serving judge on the Court and thus in line to be the next Chief Justice this February, is currently facing an unconstitutional effort to deny her that seat – a clear violation of the Voting Rights Act.