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NEA continues to push for federal voting rights protections

NEA President Becky Pringle stressed the need to pass federal voting rights legislation at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s second National Racial Equity Initiative for Social Justice Summit, held virtually earlier this month. 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. We cannot allow Senate rules and procedures to block critical legislation voting rights legislation.

The Freedom to Vote Act (S. 2747) shaped by Sen. Joe Machin (D-WV) and a group of moderate Democrats would make Election Day a national holiday and set federal standards for early and mail-in voting, among other things. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (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.


Email your senators and tell them to protect our democracy by protecting our right to vote.

24 responses to “NEA continues to push for federal voting rights protections

  1. It is time to let go of the false narrative that Republican sponsored state laws protect the the integrity of voting and own up to the fact that the voting population is changing to a new ethnic and colored majority. It is time for Republicans to develop a platform that is attractive to this new voting majority as well as the traditional Western and Eastern European voting bloc. Using politics to ensure being elected is not Democratic.

  2. This is America and everyone should be able to vote and it should be made easy to access voting. Safeguards are in place to make it secure.

    1. Well stated, John. And perhaps a good place for the Reps to start is to ask each state’s main leader/organizer (?) to ask community members to ponder/discuss with THEIR membership What policy/value do they think is top priority as a policy of the party (in therir view).

  3. I remember “Rock the Vote”, where trying to get a many people, no matter their color, age, or other things, registered to vote. Now the Republicans don’t want everyone to be able to vote, because who will vote for them? I know I wouldn’t! What do they even stand for anymore?

  4. We need a Federal Voting Law to making the playing field the same for everyone voting in the United States of America!

  5. There should simply be a law stating that every adult American citizen has the right to vote, the fulfillment of that right should be as easy and convenient as possible, and any legislation that interferes with that right is null and void, including but not limited to partisan gerrymandering, excessive voter I. D. requirements, insufficient polling places, and suppression of , or interference with, voters in any other way.
    Now, I do realize that it’s not simple to construct such a law. But who that favors a real democracy could possibly not support such a concept?

    1. We shouldn’t even be questioning anyone’s right to vote except for being of an age to have some sense and consideration for others. We are all Homo Sapiens. That has nothing to do with skin color, languages spoken, places where people are born, religion followed (people can change churches & belief systems daily if they want to), or any other nonsensical BS. While RACISM definitely exists in this country, RACE is not scientifically correct and doesn’t even exist. It was made up by very insecure people looking for a way to put themselves above others without doing any of the work necessary to actually be a better person than someone else. And if they were really better they wouldn’t be trying to put others down!

  6. It is important to preserve the right to vote from the Constitution of the United States (U.S.). The founders of the U.S. knew there will be people in power who will abuse their authority for their benefit, not respecting the citizens’ rights.

  7. It is important to preserve the right to vote from the Constitution of the United States (U.S.). The founders of the U.S. knew there will be people in power who will abuse his or her authority for his or her benefit, not respecting the citizens’ rights.

  8. The single biggest deal to our democratic republic, which is looking more like an oligarchic republic each year. Passing this bill is essential to the functioning of this country’s future. The biggest mistake and weakness that I’ve seen in politics has been the weakening, through political action, our voting laws. Let the legacy of John Lewis shine and preserve the dignity of allowing every free person in this great nation a fair chance to cast its vote!!!

  9. Anybody and everybody who is prevented from voting should go on strike and refuse to pay taxes. One cannot have it both ways.

    One more thing, some older people are not into tweet, facebook etc. so you will not get their support/answers etc.

    Most if not all Republican e-mails start as medical etc. advice, stuff that older people will read and get hooked to vote for them.

  10. Please get the Voter Rights Bill passed now. I’m trying to understand this madness. Get the job done now please.

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