The Senate is preparing to take up voting rights legislation this month. Voting represents our freedom to have a say in decisions that impact our lives, including how we provide high-quality schools for all students. But many states are enacting laws that make casting our votes and participating in our democracy more difficult. More than 400 bills introduced in 49 state legislatures seek to restrict voters’ access to the poll; they largely target voters of color, voters with disabilities, and low-income voters.
The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4), passed by the House in August, would restore the full protections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, providing several tools to address discriminatory practices. It would also restore the requirement that states with a history of voter suppression and discrimination pre-clear changes to their voting laws with the federal government.
The Freedom to Vote Act (S. 2747) would, among other things, create national standards so we can safely and freely cast our votes. It would make Election Day a public holiday and ensure that every state offers same-day voter registration at all polling locations by 2024.
Email your senators and tell them to support H.R. 4 to protect the right to vote and safeguard the integrity of our democracy.