Washington, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Ross (NC-02) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee:

“Yesterday in Brnovich v. DNC, the Supreme Court eviscerated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which allows lawsuits to block voting regulations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, or language, said Congresswoman Ross. As a former civil rights attorney, I litigated voting rights cases and advocated on behalf of the people of North Carolina, often seeking to block the same kinds of discriminatory measures that the Supreme Court has just upheld. Yesterday’s decision is a travesty not only for the people of Arizona, but also for residents of other states where restrictive voting laws have been enacted. I fear this decision will embolden state legislatures, including in North Carolina and our neighboring states, to institute brazen new measures to make voting more difficult, especially for voters of color.   

“The right to vote is a cornerstone of our democracy. In the wake of this decision, Congress has a duty to protect voting rights through swift legislation. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, I am committed to working with my colleagues to restore the Voting Rights Act as a powerful tool to combat voter suppression.”