The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is designed to stop voter suppression, and it was just reintroduced to Congress this week. This critically important legislation reinstates key provisions of the original Voting Rights Act of 1965, which the Supreme Court struck down in 2013 in the disastrous Shelby County v. Holder decision.
This bill, named after the civil rights icon John Lewis, reinstates the part of the Voting Rights Act that make sure states that have a history of discriminatory voting practices have to submit any proposed changes to their voting laws to the Department of justice for review. This way, the DOJ can make sure their proposed laws comply with federal law and aren’t just voter suppression measures in disguise.
Since the Shelby County case was decided, at least 29 states have passed 94 oppressive voting laws restricting the right to vote. These voter suppression laws have particularly impacted communities of color and other historically marginalized communities. That’s why it’s so important that we do everything we can to support the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act this congress.
Sign Our Petition Urging the House to Pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act
The right to vote, a cornerstone of our democracy, is under attack.
Sign our new petition today and urge the House to pass this important piece of legislation that would protect and strengthen our right to vote!