NAACP Unhappy With Supreme Court Decision

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Harrison Pirtle
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Updated: 6/27/2013 5:38 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WDEF) -- The Hamilton county chapter of the NAACP Thursday joined other such groups across the nation in expressing concern about Voting Rights Law.
That follows the Supreme court decision Tuesday that struck down some provisions of the 1965 law.
Leaders of the African-American community called a news conference at city hall.
They want legislation to change the Supreme Court's decision.

YUSUF HAKEEM, CITY COUNCIL MEMBER "What the supreme court has done is legitimize people who want to bring back or re-establish Jim Crow type of laws."

Tuesday's supreme court decision frees some states from a 50 year old law that they must receive clearance from the Justice Department or a federal court , before making even minor changes to voting procedures, like moving a polling place.
The local NAACP thinks that change could be critical.

JAMES MAPP, PRES. HAMILTON COUTY NAACP "Although Tennessee is not among the states required to seek pre-clearance, because of their history in voting rights, they are actively involved in making laws to restrict voting rights of citizens, as has over 31 other states.

JOANNE FAVORS, STATE REPRESENTATIVE "Remember, now in Tennessee most of your precincts are in rural areas. We are not there now..and Democrats are not there..and so they can do anything they want to do."

CHARLOTTE MULLIS-MORGAN, DIR. HAMILTON COUNTY ELECTIONS "I don't think it will impact us at all. I see no reason why anybody that registers to vote will not get to vote. We'll help them in every way..we'll make sure they have their driver's license.. We'll do everything we can to help people who want to vote."

ERIC ATKINS, NAACP 2ND V.P. "Only by congressional action can the voting rights act be expanded. And that's our next to push our locally elected officials to expand that voting rights act in congress."

That court ruling applied to nine states - including Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi.
But also communities in other states, including Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx New York.

State NAACP leaders say they are already urging members of congress to reinstate the sections of the voting rights act that were struck down by the court.

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