The U.S. Supreme Court’s flawed decision in the Shelby County v. Holder case found Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 unconstitutional, as amended (VRA), and therefore halts the enforcement of Section 5, the advance approval requirement, until Congress takes action to determine a new formula for coverage.
Racial and language minorities still face significant voting discrimination across this country including Florida. Voters and all residents of Florida have benefited from the coverage of Collier County and four other counties under Section 5 of the VRA. It was a powerful tool following attempts to implement controversial and discriminatory voting changes that the Florida Legislature approved and Governor Scott signed in 2011. Both the courts and the Department of Justice were involved in the review.
The Collier County Democratic Party encourages all citizens to register, vote and stand up for the rights of all to do the same.