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Begich Statement on Voting Rights Act

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich released the following statement today reiterating the importance of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in Alaska. The United States Supreme Court today heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of Section 5 of the VRA, an over forty-year-old law that has helped  protect the right to vote for all Alaskans:

“I hope the Supreme Court will carefully consider the case made by Alaska Natives that we still need protections of the Voting Rights Act. I am especially concerned about protecting VRA in light of recent steps by the State and some legislators to create new barriers to voting. Unfortunately, there are still many obstacles when it comes to voting in Alaska and especially in rural Alaska where Native languages are still the primary language for elders.  The Voting Rights Act has protected thousands of Alaskans from voter disenfranchisement that does still persist today.”

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