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House passes Voting Rights Advancement Act

The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 (H.R. 4), passed by the House 228-127 on Dec. 6, would once again require states and localities with recent 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. What happens next is up to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has refused to take up more than 100 bills passed by the House, including the NEA-supported Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act, the Equality Act, the Raise the Wage Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and the Background Check Expansion Act.

39 responses to “House passes Voting Rights Advancement Act

  1. I believe that ALL lawfully legal non-incarcerated citizens of the United States should and must have the legal right to vote. Illegals or non-citizens…absolutely not! Currently incarcerated…absolutely not until free from incarceration and reintroduced back into society. There it is.

  2. sorry but if you are NOT legally an American Citizen then you DONT get to vote. BUT if you are…no matter what you should get to vote!!

  3. Every citizen should have the right to vote! No rules about the last time you voted, voter ID laws, or gerrymandering areas for voting. Citizens, tell your representative–I have the right to vote and you should vote for this law.

  4. I hope those that are imprisoned never get the right to vote on anything. They should lose all rights given to our citizens that are free and respect all laws.

    1. Voting rights should be restored to those who have served time. Many people are incarcerated erroniously and often laws are written too harshly by those trying to get elected. If someone serves their time and is released the best practice is to help them rejoin society to prevent recidivism and to give back all rights. If you are disadvantaged you cannot become a productive citizen and you become a burden to society. People in prison cost us a lot of money and we need to imprison less for non violent offenses.

  5. This law is necessary for implementing the “Equal Protection of the Laws” clause in the 14th Amendment to our Constitution. Republicans, who now control all the states of the old Confederacy, know that it is politically to their advantage to limit voting access to minority citizens, by all sorts of schemes, including threats & intimidation, to make it difficult or next to impossible to prevent such citizens from voting. When voter turn-out increases, Democrats always win!

  6. Voting is a right for ALL citizens. We must protect this right from any who want to take this right away from any of our citizens. It’s the patriotic thing to do.

  7. It’s incredible to me that after 200+ years we still are having voting rights issues. If you are a citizen you have a right to vote. Period. End. Let’s get on with other needs of our country.

  8. What about the incarcerated and those with criminal records? I want them all to vote, they deserve to vote just as much as do I and anyone else who is without a criminal record. They need a new chance to be part of society, and an incentive to stay away from crime and trouble. To exclude them and discriminate against them is as unjust as doing so to everyone else who is different — gender, color, ethnicity, disability, age. Also, children who can be tried as adults must be allowed to vote as adults, as well as given every other adult right, including the right to drive a car, rent a home, and have full-time employment with a living wage. In my country the USA, all people considered as adult must have equal rights including the right to vote, and I want everyone to have this.

  9. It is simply the right thing to do. All citizens are entitled to vote, regardless of gender preference, race, location, income, culture.

  10. ALL states need to have photo voter IDs required at ALL voting sights.
    Mail in votes need additional personal facts such as last 4 digits of their Social Security number.

    1. Voting rights should be restored to those who have served time. Many people are incarcerated erroniously and often laws are written too harshly by those trying to get elected. If someone serves their time and is released the best practice is to help them rejoin society to prevent recidivism and to give back all rights. If you are disadvantaged you cannot become a productive citizen and you become a burden to society. People in prison cost us a lot of money and we need to imprison less for non violent offenses.

  11. I have lost faith in our government system because the voting rights protections that have taken many lives in establishing over the last century have been changed by our current Congress and President!
    How can the current Senate stand by and allow this?

  12. Thanks to Lauren Underwood (my Congresswoman), and all the Democrats that are trying to bring back Democracy by helping ALL citizens to their right to vote (no thanks to the Republicans — except for One lone Republican, this time). The GOP has been pushing for an Oligarchy (rule by the rich) instead of listening to “We the People” of the United States. The Republicans fear Democracy, instead of supporting it.

  13. A democracy should allow all mentally eligible citizens to have a say in who will lead them. No one citizens voice is more important than another.

    1. Who decides who is mentally eligible? Any adult citizen should have the right to vote regardless of IQ. And voter ID is just another obstruction to apply to minorities. We should have a voting holiday and incentives to encourage all citizens to vote and the electoral college needs to be abolished! No one cheats by voting, that is a falacy.

  14. Please use your vote every election opportunity you get.

    Every vote counts and if only a few more people had voted in key counties in 2016, we would not have the lying, deceitful, dishonest , evil person who is destroying our children and grandchildren’s futures so he can make more money and grab more power.

    PLEASE VOTE AGAINST THE CORRUPT TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND EVERY REPUBLICAN SENATOR WHO IS ENABLING HIM TO DESTROY OUR DEMOCRACY BY GIVING IT AWAY TO PUTIN.

    You are not better off than you were 4 years ago, and your children will not have a chance FOR A FREE FUTURE if this destruction of our electoral system continues.

    USE YOUR VOTES TO SAVE THE USA FROM PUTIN.

  15. Where is the check on Sen. McConnell’s power? How is one man able to shut down democracy in action without any ability to stop him from simply letting Congress as a whole decide these proposed laws?

  16. Thanks for the efforts of Senator McConnell to stop these 100 bills that the socialist house has passed.

    Not in favor of letting felons vote and especially non-citizens of The USA.

    1. The only reason to not pass The Voting Rights Advancement Act is to continue to allow a minority party of this country to maintain control. This is a step in a direction to weaken the democracy that has moved the country forward. Shame on all those who do not support this Act.

    2. Every American has the right to vote and this should be easy to vote. The artificial blockades that get set up to discourage, keep people confused, make voting take hours to achieve need to be abolished forever. This has happened far too often over and over;
      Stop it!

    3. Let’s attempt to achieve the ideals for all Americans and stop the bull-shit of hindering the rights of our citizens that were spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.

      1. Let’s attempt to achieve the ideals for all Americans and stop the hinderance of the rights of our citizens that were spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.

    4. Mitch McConnell should bring the Advanced Voting Rights Act of 2019 to the floor for a vote! Ensuring that all voters can get to the polls to vote without obstacles or restrictions is something all Americans support. McConnell and the Senate should do the right thing and pass this important voting rights bill!

  17. To preserve the last little shred of democracy this country has; please stop the rampant disregard for people’s right to vote. Every vote should matter and those in power should not be cooking elections to stay in power.

  18. I would not pass anything that the Dems pass either, Remember Peloski told all the congress to pass the Obama care bill without reading it. Did not turn out well for a lot of people. They deceive others.

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