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AALDEF: #AAPI Civil Rights Group Urge Congress to Restore Voting Rights for Asian Am. @aaldef, @@AAJC_AAJC

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The  Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund and Asian Americans for Advancing Justice jointly submitted testimony to congress urging it to restore voting rights in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision gutting the Voting Rights Act.

According to a news release from AALDEF, both groups fear Asian Americans will face obstacles to casting their votes at the polls if those rights are not restored.

“Our work over the years protecting the voting rights of Asian Americans tells us that the loss of the VRA’s (Voting Rights Act’s ) protection will leave many vulnerable to attacks on their right to vote, said Mee Moua, Executive Director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice. “We stand ready to work with Congress in a bipartisan manner to protect the real people affected by this decision.”

Both groups cite examples of discrimination against Asian American voters. Examples they cite include redistricting, changes to voting systems and changes of poll locations in Asian American neighborhoods without adequate notice.

In its Shelby decision, the high court struck down the part of the Voting Rights Act which requires states with a history of discrimination against minority voters to gain federal approval before making changes to its voting laws.

“The Shelby decision threatens to leave us with limited tools to combat voter discrimination” said Margaret Fung, executive director of AALDEF.  “We must do all we can to prevent efforts to thwart the growing political power of the Asian American community.”

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