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Lt. Gov. Treadwell Statement in Response to Supreme Court Ruling on Voting Rights Act

June 25, 2013, Anchorage, AK – Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell issued the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder:

“Alaska's victory over preclearance in the Supreme Court today brings decision-making home on elections to Alaskans. We have, for many decades now, been required to ask the U.S. Justice Department's permission for the most minor and routine changes to election forms.  We have been subject to constant inspection, and the Justice Department has never shared its findings with us. It was federal overreach far beyond what is needed to protect all of our civil rights and was an unnecessary hindrance to serving Alaskan voters across our state.

The real job is to make sure every Alaskan who is eligible to vote can vote. Here in Alaska, we are committed to continually improving access to registration and access to the ballot.

This July, in my role overseeing elections, I will host Secretaries of State of all political parties from across the country in Alaska. We will discuss this ruling and again trade information on how to improve and modernize elections.

I congratulate Attorney General Michael Geraghty for taking action to join this lawsuit and to bring decision making back to Alaska. That is what the founders of our country intended. Alaskans can be proud of this victory.”

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