House to take up Voting Rights Advancement Act

The House plans to vote before the end of the year on the Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4), which would once again require states and localities with histories of voter discrimination to seek approval from the U.S. Department of Justice before making any changes in their election laws. The measure is a direct response to the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby v. Holder, which invalidated key provisions of the Voting Rights Act first passed in 1965 to address persistent and purposeful discrimination—through literacy tests, poll taxes, intimidation, threats, and violence—that curtailed political participation for millions of Americans. In the absence of critical federal oversight, many states implemented laws that restricted voting in the 2016 and 2018 elections. Tell your representatives to support the Voting Rights Advancement Act.

Take Action: Support the Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4/S. 561)

33 responses to “House to take up Voting Rights Advancement Act

  1. Without saving equal voting rights our country will cease to be a Democracy. Every other democracy-like country in the world gets one vote for each person. This is another good reason to GET RID OF THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE!

    1. Kill the electoral college. I deserve to have equal time with candidates and have my vote count. NO ELECTOR should be able to negate my voice and vote.

    2. Yes! Amen ! Get rid of the Electoral College! A ruse to protect the moneyed class! Yes this country does have a Class system! Always has!

  2. Our republic is for and by the people. The Constitution is a road map that is not being protected by the President or Congress. Our precious vote sets us apart and makes us strong. We vote to put in place strong, principled individuals to represent us. Does the undermining of our elections by gerrymandering and voter suppression hold to the standard set by the Constitution?

      1. Problem is we do not have a Democracy. Change the Constitution if yo do not like it. Last time I checked we we living a Representative Republic.

  3. Step 1: To be allowed to vote, any voter must provide legal ID documentation they are legal US citizens. OK to vote just by giving a name but you can’t buy cigarettes without an ID, is absurd.

  4. This isn’t just a problem in states that have previously shown discrimination, either. In 2016, in Wisconsin, an estimated 50,000 voters were disenfranchised in Milwaukee County alone, primarily in minority areas (of course). Milwaukee County voted about 65% for Clinton; trump “won” Wisconsin by less than 23,000 votes. The math isn’t that difficult…

  5. If we are that afraid of letting all people have a chance to vote, maybe we need to re-evaluate our own “hidden agenda”.

  6. Undoing equality in voting rights is antithetical to the entire concept of a democratic republic. Please help restore the rights of thousands of people their vote.

    1. Let’s not go backward in time before there was protection of voting rights : this law only protects basic voting rights: if you are not breaking the law by depriving legitimate voters of their right to vote, you have nothing to worry about. However, some attitudes and habits have a tendency to re-surface. Put your vote to insure our democracy. Win or lose. Don’t fall back on old habits, on the very worst of our history. Step up and show your democratic colors!

  7. It is clear that in the wake of Shelby v. Holder huge strides have been made to UNDO the cause of equal voting rights for all Americans. This cannot stand.

  8. We need to uphold the values of this country. Integrity, just, and democracy. Every vote counts – stop gerrymandering and voter suppression of all types.

  9. AMERICA can not live or vote without this Legal protection insuring our equal Voting Rights for All! Thank you.

  10. No person should be denied the right to vote, period. Even those in prison. Any state that does this must be supervised to avoid denying the right to vote to anyone.

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