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United States Senate Committee on Judiciary

United States Senate Committee on Judiciary
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The United States Senate Committee on Judiciary met to discuss the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act. Senator Garcia testified, representing the millions of Texans that face and would face unprecedented discrimination if the historic legislation is not revised.

The Voting Rights Act, widely recognized as the most effective civil rights legislation ever enacted, has protected voters in many states including Texas, that have a history of discriminatory practices.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court took away the “coverage formula” section, ruling it outdated. That section identifies which jurisdictions have to present any changes in their election codes to the Department of Justice or a fderal court.

As recent as 2012, Texas was found to be in violation of that section with its proposed redistricting maps. Voting discrimination still persists to an astounding degree and I will be testifying asking Congress to revise the formula now.

You can watch the meeting here: http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/the-voting-rights-amendment-act-s1945_updating-the-voting-rights-act-in-response-to-shelby-county-v-holder