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Yesterday, a bipartisan group of members of Congress introduced the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, HR 3899/S. 1945. Updates to the Voting Rights Act (VRA) are critical after last year’s Supreme Court ruling on Shelby County v. Holder. Send a letter to your members of Congress. Urge them to support HR 3899/S. 1945, a VRA for today.
Background: The U.S. Supreme Court Decision
On June 25, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key section of the VRA, a law that prohibits discrimination in voting based on race, color, or English language proficiency. The Court struck down a part of the law that was essential to protecting voters in states, counties, and cities that had a history of discrimination. This decision makes many voters vulnerable to having their right to vote denied.
This decision has weakened the VRA, which is the most important law protecting everyone’s right to vote. If we want every voter treated equally and fairly, it’s critical to modernize the VRA before the next election and cement steps to ensure voters’ rights can be protected in an effective way.
A VRA for Today: A Critical Priority for Congress
Yesterday, Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner, R. Wisc., John Conyers, D. Mich., Steve Chabot, R. Ohio, John Lewis, D. Ga., Spencer Bachus, R. Ala., Bobby Scott, D. Va., Sean Duffy, R. Wisc., Steny Hoyer, D. Md., and Sheila Jackson Lee, D. Texas., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D., VT, introduced the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (HR 3899/S. 1945), a bipartisan update to the Voting Rights Act.
Voter discrimination is still a reality in too many places across the United States. The need for an effective, modern day VRA that responds to 21st century discrimination is vital to our democracy.
The VRA has a long history of bipartisan support and must be a critical priority for Congress. This newly introduced bill is the first step in fixing the VRA. We must work together to make it even better.
Urge members of Congress to support HR 3899/S. 1945, a VRA for today.
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