There’s finally some good news on the voting rights front in Congress. Today, on the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision that gutted key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, the Senate will finally hold a hearing on the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA).
A hearing in the Senate is a good first step forward but there’s still work to be done in the House of Representatives. Tell your Representative to follow the Senate’s lead and move forward with a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.
Discrimination at the ballot box is real. This fall Americans across the country will head to the polls for the 2014 elections. While, unfortunately, there will be some voters that encounter discrimination in November, the problem isn’t complicated. Access to the vote is not about politics; it’s about justice and equality. We must ensure that each and every eligible voter is treated fairly at the ballot box and has an equal right and equal access to vote, we must continue to make our voices heard.
Urge your Representatives to stand up to discrimination and keep the VRAA moving forward.
The League remains hopeful that Congress can move quickly to repair the damage caused by the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v. Holder. 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 formula for preclearance to ensure it is based on recent acts of discrimination and provide narrow mechanisms to prevent discrimination in voting nationwide. It also provides a national notification system to keep voters up-to-date on changes related to upcoming elections.
The time for waiting is over. Tell your Representative to call for a hearing on the VRAA.
Yours in the Fight,
President, League of Women Voters