Statement from Eric Holder on Anti-Voter Bills in Florida, Ohio, and Texas

Washington, D.C. – Today, Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States and Chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, released the following statement as Republicans in Florida, Ohio, and Texas move forward on anti-voter bills: 

“By moving forward on anti-voter bills in Florida, Ohio, and Texas, the Republican Party continues to show that their only concern is maintaining power, even if it comes at the expense of our democracy. Based solely on the merits, these bills are an appalling attempt by Republicans to construct deliberate barriers to voting that target people they perceive to be their political enemies. What makes these bills even more un-American is that Republicans are using the Big Lie about the 2020 election as a pretext to push them. The reality is that the bills in Florida, Ohio, and Texas – and similar proposals they are pushing around the country – have nothing to do with election integrity or security, but rather are discriminatory measures that make it harder for people to vote – particularly communities of color.

“Here’s what’s at stake – the other side is afraid that if everyone is able to vote and participate in our democracy, they won’t be able to hold onto power. 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. Congress now has an obligation to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Taken together, these two bills are critical and necessary reforms that must be put in place to protect the right to vote and ultimately protect our hard-won democracy.”