In 2013, our democracy received a devastating blow when the Shelby v. Holder decision overturned key protections of the Voting Rights Act. Since then, we have seen the integrity of voters and elections continually undermined through suppressive tactics—disproportionately targeting communities of color—such as voter ID laws, illegal purging of voter records, and gerrymandering.
In the coming week, after years of tireless organizing and the advocacy efforts of many organizations like the League of Women Voters, the Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R.4) will have a vote on the floor of the U.S. House and we invite you to help us urge Congress to pass this historic legislation.
We need YOU to contact your Representative and ask them to vote YES on H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Throughout 2019, Congress has held hearings in states around the country that which gathered evidence about voter suppression. The House Judiciary Committee also held seven hearings collecting evidence from expert witnesses about the barriers to voter participation that remain for people of color and language-minority voters in Native American, African-American, LatinX, and Asian American communities.
H.R. 4 needs the support of every member of Congress, no matter the party to which they belong. Please contact your Representative today and ask them to vote yes on H.R.4.
For over 50 years, protecting voters from discrimination at the ballot box has been a bipartisan activity. Passage of the original VRA (and subsequent reauthorizations in 1970, 1975, 1982, 1992, and 2006) was not only accomplished with bipartisan support in Congress, but was led by stalwart members of the Republican caucus who were committed to doing right by voters. In fact, every reauthorization of the legislation was signed into law by a Republican President, who refused the notion that voting is a partisan issue.
With the upcoming election in 2020 and redistricting cycle in 2021, the Voting Rights Advancement Act protections are critical to ensure the process remains fair, nonpartisan, and protected from interference. The passage of the bill in the house would be a monumental win for democracy.
It’s time to pass H.R. 4 and restore the Voting Rights Act.