Maryland Democratic Party Chair Yvette Lewis issued the following statement today after Julius Henson and Paul Schurick were sentenced. The sentencing was in connection with the deceptive automated phone calls made on November 2, 2010 intended to suppress minority and Democratic voter turnout.
The outcomes of the trials of Julius Henson and Paul Schurick have sent a loud and clear message – voter suppression will not be tolerated. Voting is at the heart of our democracy and any effort to restrict voting rights for partisan gain is illegal and morally reprehensible.
While these decisions are a victory for the voters of Maryland, I remain concerned about Republican efforts across the country to make voting more difficult. These tactics disproportionately affect the voters who support President Obama and Democrats. As Americans, we must continue to fight to ensure that every vote is counted, every voter is respected and that every person has the confidence that their vote will matter.