ATLANTA (June 17, 2013) – Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) has issued the following statement:
“Today, the Supreme Court issued an important decision declaring portions of the Arizona voting law unconstitutional, a law almost identical to Georgia’s own SB 86. In a 7-2 vote, our nation’s highest court struck down the provision that requires documentary proof of citizenship when voting in federal elections. I applaud the justices who interpreted the law for what it really was: an attempt to shut out certain groups from the democratic process.
During the debate on SB 86, a bill that was largely based on Arizona’s law, I argued that the legislation was simply a ploy to dilute Latino and immigrants’ ability to vote. This was prime example of a solution in search of a problem with proponents of the bill never able to provide proof of voter fraud.”
For Immediate Release:
June 17, 2013
For Information Contact:
Jennifer Yarber, Interim Director
Adam Sweat, Communications Specialist