For Immediate Release
Eric Holder Joins State Legislators to Discuss
Anti-Voter Bills Across the Country
Washington, D.C. — Today Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82nd Attorney General of the United States and chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, hosted a press call to discuss the nationwide onslaught of voter suppression bills. Attorney General Holder was joined by legislators from three states where Republicans have pushed anti-voter bills, including North Carolina State Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue (SD-14), Arizona State House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding (HD-27), and Texas State Representative Jessica González (HD-104).
“There are people who – mostly because they want to hold onto power – are hellbent on bringing us back to a darker period in our nation’s history,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Essentially, they are trying to return us to a pre-1965 America when there was no Voting Rights Act, when politicians hand-picked who was able to take part in elections. I’ll be damned if I’m going to let that happen.”
“We absolutely have to work to pass [the For the People Act] and these two bills pending in the Senate now,” said North Carolina State Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue. “That is really the saving grace that will keep us from decades of more litigation, more fighting, just to get fundamental democracy in this country.”
“Bills like [Texas House Bill 6] and [Texas Senate Bill 7] question the integrity of our elections and perpetuate the big lie that led to the insurrection on January 6th,” said Texas State Representative Jessica González. “We’ve heard from our Republican Secretary of State’s office that the 2020 election here was smooth and secure and safe. And there has been no evidence presented to contradict that, yet we still hear bill after bill to solve a non-existent problem here.”
“What we’re seeing here different in Arizona, is that instead of an omnibus anti-voter package of bills, we’re seeing a piecemeal approach of several small bills to try to isolate this issue so people don’t see the broader connection that there is an extreme attack on voting rights here in Arizona,” said Arizona State House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding.
Last month, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee joined End Citizens United // Let America Vote Action Fund in a historic $30 million campaign to push the For the People Act through the Senate. This includes investments in television and digital advertising, major grassroots activation, including putting boots on the ground in key states, and grasstops education and outreach. The campaign will fund key national and local allied organizations – from good government and voting rights groups to a wide array of issue advocacy groups. This historic investment will harness the grassroots energy for fixing the broken system in Washington to make it work for everyone, not just those on top, and will make it clear to the Senate that we must pass this bill.