Forty-nine years ago this month, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) into law. The VRA was a cornerstone achievement of the civil rights movement that ensured that every American citizen, regardless of race or language, had equal access to the right to vote. That is until last June, when the U.S. Supreme Court gutted a key part of the Voting Rights Act, leading to a full frontal attack on the voting rights of all Americans. With no legislative fix passed in the past year, voting rights remain at risk today.
Access to the vote is not about politics; it’s about justice and equality. Urge your Representative to move forward on voting rights!
H.R. 3899, the Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA), offers nationwide protections for current threats to voting rights. The legislation provides new tools to stop voting discrimination before it occurs, as well as ensuring that proposed election changes are transparent. Unfortunately because the U.S. House refuses to move this bipartisan, common sense solution forward, the right to vote for all Americans is in danger.
Every day that Congress fails to pass this critical legislation, Americans are in danger of increased barriers at the polls. Raise your voice and tell your Representative the time is now to pass the VRAA.
The VRAA is an important step forward for our democracy, where the right to vote is not about politics or the outcome of elections. This legislation will modernize the coverage of the Voting Rights Act to ensure it is based on recent acts of discrimination and provide narrow but appropriate mechanisms to prevent discrimination in voting nationwide. The right to vote is one of the most basic rights in our country and it must be protected.
Inaction is not an option. Silence implies consent. Tell your Representative to move the VRAA forward!