On the 55th Anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act, we take this opportunity to think of the work of giants and those before us who have created the foundation on which we stand. As we commemorate this historic day for voting rights, we look back at the legacy of Congressman John Lewis, and his tireless fight and advocacy for voting rights and justice for Black people across the country.
Congressman Lewis presided over the historic House vote in December 2019 for the Voting Rights Advancement Act. To fully honor his legacy would mean to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act in the Senate and restore protections for voters in a critical election year.
Honor the legacy of Congressman Lewis. Call your Senators today and ask them to support the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Voter suppression and discrimination runs rampant and without remedy in our nation since the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby v. Holder. As we head into not only another critical election year, but a year with massive implications for the census and redistricting, it is imperative that we ensure these processes remain fair and equitable. The success of each of these things depends on the 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 preclearance coverage for states and localities with a history and pattern of discrimination in voting
- Provide preclearance nationwide for states and localities with substantial minority populations to enact voting changes that have historically contributed to voter suppression, such as changes in methods of election and cuts in polling locations
- Create greater transparency and public notice for last-minute voting information changes, such as polling location changes and ballot information
It is an unfortunate fact that discrimination in voting against racial, ethnic, and language minorities continues to go unchecked and unremedied in America. The challenges experienced by voters is the very antithesis of what Congressman Lewis fought for. This should be unacceptable in a nation that takes pride in its democratic values. Reform has passed the House and now it waits in the Senate. It’s time we call on our Senators to act on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and put an end to voter suppression in this country.