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LULAC Congratulates the United
States Senate for the Historic Reauthorization of the Voting
Rights Act .
July 20, 2006
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Washington, DC – The League of
United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) joined
forces with its allies from the civil rights
community in working towards reauthorization of
the Voting Rights Act and applauded the United
States Senate today for its unanimous passage of
S. 2703, the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks,
Coretta Scott King and Cesar Chavez Voting
Rights Reauthorization Amendments Act of 2006.
The vote was passed by an overwhelming number of
Senators 98-0 and shows the commitment by both
parties to voting rights for minorities.
“We applaud the Senate for
moving the legislation forward with all its
provisions intact,” said LULAC National
President Rosa Rosales. “This historic vote
opens the doors of opportunity to all who may
have been disenfranchised in the past. We praise
members on both sides of the aisle for working
in a bipartisan manner on this issue.”
LULAC has been working with
its allies on voting rights and the decision by
the U.S. Supreme Court in the LULAC vs. Perry
Texas Redistricting Case vindicated LULAC’s
position that the plan drawn up by the Texas
legislature eroded minority voting strength in
Texas and was therefore illegal and
unconstitutional. LULAC has demanded immediate
relief based upon the Supreme Court’s findings
and called upon the lower court to adopt a plan
that is fair for all Texans.
“Our victory in this case
underscored the strong need for the
reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act. The
foundation of our Democracy is based upon the
right of all citizens to equal participation in
the voting process,” said LULAC National
President Rosa Rosales.
Congress reauthorized Sections
5 and 203 for an additional 25 years. Section
203 requires providing language assistance in
elections to those voters who need it. Section 5
requires jurisdictions with a history of voting
discrimination to submit election changes for
approval by the Department of Justice to make
sure that changes do not discriminate voters.
President Bush reaffirmed his
commitment to the VRA today in a speech to the
NAACP and vowed to sign the legislation into
law. The House of Representatives passed the
legislation last week with a vote of 390 to 33.
The VRA remains the most
effective civil rights legislation ever passed.
Since 1965, the VRA has enabled millions of
African American, Latino, Asian American and
Native American citizens who were previously
denied access to the polls to fully participate
in the political process and elect candidates of
The League of United Latin
American Citizens is the oldest and largest
Latino civil rights organization in the United
States. It advances the economic conditions,
educational attainment, political influence,
health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans
through community-based programs operating at
more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide.