ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – U.S. Rep. John Lewis has received the Justice in Action Award from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Lewis, in prepared remarks, accepted the award Tuesday in New York and spoke about the Voting Rights Act case before the U.S. Supreme Court next week. Lewis warned a decision nullifying parts of the law “would turn the clock back on voting rights by 50 years.”
At issue is part of the law that requires the Justice Department to approve changes in elections laws in several states to make sure they don’t discriminate against minorities. That includes politicians designing new districts for every office from city council to Congress.
Those challenging the law say the requirements are costly and outdated and point to minorities being elected in predominantly white areas.