**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
March 26, 2021
Contact: Yuridia Peña, [email protected], (718) 790-0837
SHAUN DONOVAN BLASTS GEORGIA REPUBLICANS FOR USHERING IN NEW ERA OF JIM CROW VOTER SUPPRESSION, CALLS ON CONGRESS TO SWIFTLY PASS JOHN LEWIS VOTING RIGHTS ACT
NEW YORK, NY — Today, former Obama-Biden administration Housing Secretary and Budget Director Shaun Donovan slammed Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia Republicans for signing into law sweeping voter restrictions that will dramatically suppress Georgia voters, particularly Black Georgians, and likely pave the way for similar restrictions in other states.
“Georgia voters, particularly Black Georgia voters, turned out in record numbers to deliver stunning electoral victories to President Joe Biden and Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, turning Georgia blue for the first time in over two decades, and frankly, saving our democracy from four more years of incompetent and incompassionate leadership,” said NYC Mayoral Candidate Shaun Donovan. “Rather than reflecting on their own shortcomings and failures to persuade voters, the Republican Party of Georgia, led by President Trump’s disgraced former lapdog Brian Kemp, has instead decided to silence Black voters in what is an obvious and egregious attempt to revive the Jim Crow South. It is unconscionable. It is undemocratic. And it is un-American.”
Donovan continued: “When Chief Justice John Roberts gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act, he did so under the pretense that ‘things have changed dramatically.’ Seeing what happened in Georgia yesterday, including the unwarranted arrests of duly elected state representatives, proves that not only was the Chief Justice horribly wrong, but that his judicial crusade against voting rights has paved the way for these and future injustices. It is absolutely critical, now more than ever, that Congress and President Joe Biden immediately pass and enact into law the John Lewis Voting Rights Act in order to protect Black voters and their voices.”