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Statement from Attorney General Merrick B. Garland on Supreme Court Decision in Allen v. Milligan

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

The Justice Department issued the following statement from Attorney General Merrick B. Garland on the Supreme Court’s decision in Allen v. Milligan:

“Today’s decision rejects efforts to further erode fundamental voting rights protections, and preserves the principle that in the United States, all eligible voters must be able to exercise their constitutional right to vote free from discrimination based on their race. 

The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, the right from which all other rights ultimately flow. 

Over the past two years, the Justice Department has rededicated its resources to enforcing federal voting rights protections. We will continue to use every authority we have left to defend voting rights. But that is not enough. We urge Congress to act to provide the Department with important authorities it needs to protect the voting rights of every American.”

Updated June 8, 2023

Voting and Elections
Civil Rights
Press Release Number: 23-640