National Action Network Applauds Congressional House Democratic Leaders as they call for Substantive Action to Reform Voting Rights.—
For Immediate Release
July 17, 2015
Contact: Liz Kenigsberg/Dominic Hawkins
National Action Network Applauds Congressional House Democratic Leaders as they call for Substantive Action to Reform Voting Rights.
NEW YORK – National Action Network applauds House Democratic leaders as they call for substantive action to reform Voting Rights. Two years ago, on June 25, 2013, in Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court invalidated the centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act. Last month, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 was introduced to compel states with a well-documented history of recent voting discrimination to clear future voting changes with the federal government, require federal approval for voter ID laws and outlaw new efforts to suppress the growing minority vote.
The Voting Rights Act was passed 50 years ago and has helped transform our nation into a more equal democracy by ending literacy tests, poll taxes and other tactics designed to keep minority voters away from the ballot box. Today, the resurgence of laws to limit early voting and increase barriers to voting threatens the very heart of our democracy – equality at the ballot box. National Action Network will continue to demand that Congress produce a substantive fix to the Voting Rights Act without delay.