HARPER RESPONDS TO COURT¹S VOTING RIGHTS OPINION

WASHINGTON, DC ­ U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) issued the following
statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court¹s decision to strike down
Section IV of the ³Voting Rights Act of 1965²:

³The ŒVoting Rights Act¹ had no provision for removing a jurisdiction from
its preclearance requirements even after a state, such as Mississippi, has
demonstrated years of compliance and dramatic improvements in its voting
patterns. The Supreme Court today recognized this flaw.²

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Gregg Harper is a third-term Republican lawmaker from Mississippi.