HIP’s Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision on Arizona’s Voting Restrictions
“We are not only disappointed but worried that Latinx communities will be twice as likely to disproportionately face more barriers at the ballot box.”
Washington, D.C.—Today, Ana Marie Argilagos, President and CEO of Hispanics in Philanthropy, issued the following statement reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee that will uphold Arizona’s restrictive voting policies and undermine the federal Voting Rights Act:
“The decision means we face a new iteration of exclusion that scrutinizes who gets to count votes or if they are even taken into account. It is a fight to ensure a stronger democracy where every voice is truly represented at the ballot box.
“This ruling is exactly how people of color have been historically excluded from exercising our most fundamental right. It is a direct example of why we have made a commitment to dismantle the inequities that impact the wellbeing of Latinxs in the United States, and around the world.
“We are not only disappointed but worried that Latinx communities will be twice as likely to disproportionately face more barriers at the ballot box. This new ruling will make it easier for their votes to be counted as invalid.
“In response to the ongoing threats to these democratic rights, we have leaned into Latinx civic engagement and multiracial community organizing that addresses the systemic inequities that our communities encounter. The shift means we deepened investments and programmatic work through increased grantmaking, digital tech amplifiers, and funder engagement.
“As Congress rolls their sleeves up to restore the Voting Rights Act to its original vision, we invite the philanthropic sector to push this vision further to combat this threat to the country with ongoing investments, training, and education to ensure more equitable representation for our communities.”