ACLU Intervenes in Arizona’s Challenge of the Voting Rights Act

Federal Court Grants Motion to Intervene in Case Challenging Section of Law That Protects Minorities’ Right to Vote FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org WASHINGTON – A federal district court has granted the American Civil Liberties Union’s motion to intervene in a suit brought by Arizona challenging a section of the federal Voting Rights Act that helps ensure voting rights are protected. “The Voting Rights Act is critical for helping ensure election laws do not discriminate against minority voters,” said Katie O’Connor, staff attorney with the ACLU Voting Rights Project. “Arizona and other states should not be challenging legislation designed to protect people’s fundamental right to vote.” The ACLU and the ACLU of Arizona intervened to help uphold Section 5 of the act, which requires states with a history of discriminatory voting laws – including Arizona – to first have changes in their laws approved by the U.S. Department of Justice or a federal district court in Washington, D.C.