The NAACP is speaking out against a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this week that declared parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act unconstitutional.
Specifically, the court shot down a formula that determined which states needed prior approval before making any changes to voting procedures.
The NAACP says the five-to-four decision now helps aid those who seek to suppress the right to vote. The Knoxville-branch President says he was surprised and regrets the Court's decision.
"If you have those people who can change voting laws, once they don't like what you have to say, they'll change it for you as well. So this is for everybody. This is protection so that everybody gets the same right. It's not something that African- Americans get that others don't get, this is for everyone," said Rev. Dr. John A Butler.
The groups says it will continue to watch for voting oversight and work with groups who want fair voting rights.