Urge Congress to Pass Essential Legislation to Protect the Right to Vote

Legislation was recently introduced in both the House and Senate that would update the Voting Rights Act and ensure that all citizens can participate fully in our democracy.  Urge your Members to support the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2017 (S. 1419/H.R. 2978). 

It is vitally important that Congress act to protect the right to vote, one of our most fundamental rights as American citizens.  In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), dramatically limiting its effectiveness and reach.  Since its enactment in 1965, the VRA has helped to eliminate discriminatory barriers to full civic participation for millions of Americans, and has sparked significant advances for equal political participation at all levels of government. It now falls on Congress to pass legislation to update the VRA to protect all voters.

Urge your Members to support Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2017

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Support the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2017

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to urge you to support the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2017 (S. 1419/H.R. 2978). This Act will update the Voting Rights Act and restore key provisions that were struck down by the Supreme Court in the Shelby County decision in 2013. The success of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) is undeniable. It has helped to eliminate discriminatory barriers to full civic participation for millions of Americans, and has sparked significant advances for equal political participation at all levels of government.

The Supreme Court's Shelby County v. Holder decision gutted the most effective protections against racial discrimination in voting. In Shelby County, the Court ignored extensive congressional findings of ongoing election discrimination and substituted its own view that a muscular VRA is no longer needed. In the days and weeks that followed, several states acted to pass more restrictive voting laws which have impacted the rights of thousands of U.S. citizens to vote.

Congress must act now to update the VRA to ensure that all citizens can participate fully in our democracy.

I urge you to support the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2017, which will restore crucial voting rights protections and help protect the constitutional right to vote for all Americans.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
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