Despite stonewalling by the GOP, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is continuing the push for federal legislation to preserve and protect voting rights, the foundation of our democracy. The Freedom to Vote Act (S. 2747) would create minimum standards for voting access across the nation while the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4) would restore the safeguards of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“Sadly, our Republican colleagues have blocked Senate consideration of these bills at every turn, preventing the world’s greatest deliberative body from even having a simple debate about the merits of these critical measures,” Schumer said in a Dear Colleague letter. “Even if it means going at it alone, we will continue to fight for voting rights and work to find an alternative path forward to defend the most fundamental liberty we have as citizens.”
Nineteen states have enacted 33 laws that make it harder to vote, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. These laws employ tactics such as shortening the time for mail-in ballots, imposing harsh voter ID requirements, and limiting the availability, number, and location of ballot drop boxes. Please reach out to your senators and let them know this legislation is imperative to preserve our democracy.
Email your senators and tell them to protect our democracy by protecting our right to vote.