This afternoon Representatives James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), John Conyers (D-MI), Bobby Scott (D-VA), John Lewis (D-GA), and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced common sense legislation that would repair and restore the Voting Rights Act. This bipartisan effort to fix the damage done by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby v. Holder is necessary to restore and protect the rights of voters across the country.
Restoring the Voting Rights Act is common sense policy that will help prevent racial and language discrimination in our elections and protect the fundamental right to vote for all Americans. The legislation introduced today will modernize the Voting Rights Act and better protect all voters against discrimination at the ballot box.
Please urge your elected officials to support this important legislation and encourage them to act swiftly to move toward final passage.
Congress can pass this legislation this year and ensure that the electoral process is free, fair and accessible—but they need to know that you have their backs. Tell Congress that the Voting Rights Act needs to be repaired and restored this year.
President, League of Women Voters
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