The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee announced Friday that he will continue to investigate states that have enacted election procedures that could create discriminatory barriers to the ballot box.
Representative John Conyers (D-Mich.), along with six other Democratic congressmen, said in a written statement that the Department of Justice has "expended substantial federal resources" to delay or overturn state laws that could have a disproportionate impact on minorities.
"I remember the days of Jim Crow laws and the victories of the Civil Rights Movement and firmly believe that a thorough Congressional investigation is absolutely necessary to ensure that this nation does not return to the days of poll taxes and literacy tests," Conyers said in the statement.
The investigations will build on voting rights and voter suppression forums held across the country during the past year. The congressmen plan to send direct inquiries to states where new laws "have the potential to impair the right to vote for millions of citizens."
"Currently, 37 states have introduced voting changes that have been cited to negatively impact the right to vote for over five million Americans," Conyers said.