Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined all 50 Democrats in voting to advance the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4). “Voting rights are fundamental to our democracy and how we protect them defines us as a nation,” she said. “Every American deserves equal opportunity to participate in our electoral system and political process, and this bill provides a starting point as we seek broader bipartisan consensus on how best to ensure that.”
The bill failed to advance, however, because every other Republican voted against it. The Senate rule known as the filibuster requires a 60-vote supermajority to bring most bills to the floor, where they can then be passed by a simple majority of 51.
We cannot allow Senate rules and procedures to block this critical legislation. H.R. 4 would reverse dangerous, undemocratic trends flowing from Supreme Court rulings: Shelby v. Holder, decided in 2013, which invalidated the crucial “preclearance” provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act and Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, decided just a few months ago, which further weakened the law. This year alone, 19 states have enacted 33 laws that will make it harder for Americans to vote, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. To reverse the effects of these voter suppression laws, Congress must act quickly and pass H.R. 4.
Email your senators and tell them to protect our democracy by protecting our right to vote.