Today, League members across the country will come together to begin the League’s 100th-anniversary convention. As part of this convention, thousands of League members across the country will convene virtually to remind the Senate that it’s time to restore the Voting Rights Act and bring back essential protections for voters and our democracy.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby v. Holder, voter suppression and discrimination have been allowed to run rampant and without remedy in our nation. As the 2020 general election approaches, we face a once-in-a-lifetime election and a year with massive implications for the census and redistricting. It is imperative that we ensure our democratic processes remain fair and equitable. The success of our election, census, and redistricting depends on each other, and our democracy cannot function at its best when we don’t protect the very things that hold it up.
The protections outlined in the Voting Rights Advancement Act will:
- Re-establish pre-clearance coverage for states and localities with a history and pattern of discrimination in voting that relies on up-to-date information.
- Provide pre-clearance nationwide for political subdivisions with substantial minority populations for a limited number of voting changes that historically have been found to be discriminatory, such as changes in methods of election and cuts in polling locations.
- Create greater transparency and public notice for late-breaking voting changes just before an election, changes in polling resources, and demographic and electoral data.