Washington—Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the effect a more conservative Supreme Court could have on voting rights:
“Over the past decade, several Republican-controlled states have passed new laws designed to make it harder to vote. An even more conservative Supreme Court could cement those laws in place, further disenfranchising millions of voters.
“In Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in 2013 to overturn a key section of the Voting Rights Act, opening the floodgates for states to enact more laws to disenfranchise voters. Justice Ginsburg, a pioneer on voting rights, wrote the dissenting opinion in that case.
“Since that decision, Republican-controlled legislatures have passed stricter voter ID laws, put in place insurmountable financial hurdles to block felons from voting and reduced options for early-voting and mail-in voting options.
“If Judge Barrett is confirmed, a 6-3 conservative majority could make it even harder for Americans to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Just this week, the Supreme Court allowed vote-by-mail restrictions to remain in place even as millions of voters are using that option to safely cast ballots during the pandemic.
“Voting has already begun in many states and Americans can’t afford a justice who won’t protect their voting rights. We should hold this seat open until after the American people have spoken and the next president is sworn in.”