The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy -- but it's in danger.
Every election, voters face discriminatory laws, needless barriers, and partisan dirty tricks -- and thousands of eligible Americans are denied a fair say in our democracy.
The Voting Rights Act, one of our nation’s proudest civil rights achievements, used to protect us from this sort of voter suppression. States and counties with a history of voting discrimination had to pre-approve any changes to their voting rules with the Department of Justice -- which stopped thousands of bad laws from taking effect.
But when the Supreme Court gutted that pre-clearance requirement in 2013, it invited opportunistic politicians to attack voters’ rights, passing new laws that would have never stood up to review, and making it harder for eligible Americans to have their votes counted.
That’s why it’s critically important that Congress act NOW to defend voter’s rights from discrimination. The Voting Rights Advancement Act (bill number) would take the proactive, pro-voter approach that worked for nearly 50 years with the VRA and bring it nationwide.
The VRA has a long history of bipartisan support -- as recently as 2006 it was renewed nearly unanimously by Congress, and signed by President Bush. But now, our most cherished right has become a partisan political football -- and we can’t allow that to happen.
Congress must stand up for the right to vote, and pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act -- tell your lawmakers to co-sponsor this bill and make sure it gets a fair hearing today.
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