Last week, millions of voters across the country went to the polls to vote in thousands of state and local elections. Together, through our votes, we took control over what happens to our families and communities.
But voting rights across the country are under attack. Over the summer the U.S. Supreme Court erased fundamental protections in the Voting Rights Act (VRA) against racial discrimination in voting that have been critical to protecting our democracy.
The damage to the VRA can and must be fixed. Until Congress acts to restore the critical protections provided by this crucial legislation, the rights of some of the most vulnerable and underrepresented groups of voters are at stake. Tell your members of Congress to work quickly to repair and restore the VRA to ensure our elections are free, fair and accessible to all citizens.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision, we’ve seen an all-out attack on voting rights across the country. States like Texas that had been subjected to the VRA’s federal pre-approval process took steps to implement their photo voter ID laws nearly immediately. North Carolina pushed through an omnibus voter suppression package that imposes a photo voter ID component, restricts early voting, cuts preregistration for 16 and 17 year olds, eliminates same day registration and much more.
The League is continuing to pursue all avenues to fight for voters’ rights following the Supreme Court’s decision. Add your voice and tell Congress to work quickly to fix the Voting Rights Act.
Rooted in the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the League of Women Voters has always been committed to registering and turning out voters, and we’re not stopping now. We protect and defend voting rights across the country in order to ensure that our elections are fair, free and accessible to all eligible citizens. We’ve helped defeat laws that restrict voters’ rights, block such laws where they have already passed, and fight laws designed to curb organizations like ours from registering voters.
The Voting Rights Act remains vitally important and must be restored – tell your members of Congress to work quickly to repair and restore it to its full strength.
Thank you for Making Democracy Work®.
President, League of Women Voters