One of several people to testify before the Senate committee is the Reverend Dr. Francys Johnson of Statesboro. Johnson is president of the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. He will testify that provisions removed last year in the Shelby, Alabama vs. Holder decision must be re-instated.
The section that was struck down federal pre-clearance by several states, including Georgia, before changes to voting procedures can be made.
Johnson has charged that Georgia had made several changes that have disenfranchised African-American voters as well as others. The charges have been denied by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
Johnson is one of five people asked by the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, to testify. In an NAACP press release, Johnson said he looked forward to talk about the results of the Shelby decision which he said, in effect, suppressed minority voting rights.