The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy -- but without the Voting Rights Act’s protections, Americans are at the mercy of vote-suppressing politicians. Congress must pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 2978/S. 1419) and protect every American’s right to be heard.
he Voting Rights Act (VRA), one of our nation’s proudest civil rights achievements, used to protect us from this sort of voter suppression. States and counties with a history of voting discrimination had to pre-approve any changes to their voting rules with the Department of Justice -- which stopped thousands of bad laws from taking effect.
But when the Supreme Court gutted that pre-clearance requirement in 2013, it invited opportunistic politicians to attack voters’ rights, passing new laws that would have never stood up to review, and making it harder for eligible Americans to have their votes counted.