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To: US Senate and US House of Representatives
Tell Congress: Protect, don’t disenfranchise millions of voters
Please cosponsor the Voting Rights Advancement Act (S1659 and HR 2867). This bill seeks to require preclearance from states with a history of voter suppression based on race or language minority looking back over a 25 year history which attempt to alter their states voting laws. The bill would initially cover 13 states including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.
Why is this important?
Two years ago, in a split 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key component of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, allowing states with a history of voter discrimination to introduce voting laws, effectively disenfranchising millions of minority and low-income voters.
The preclearance requirement would impact states that have implemented procedures requiring photo ID, birth certificates and other documentation; states which redistrict by “packing” communities of color and language minorities into a single district; and require states to provide fair and equitable distribution of voting equipment, poll workers and voting hour opportunities.
The bill would also expand polling locations on Indian lands.
Stand with Color of Change and People Demanding Action and tell your members of Congress:
Support the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015, which protects millions of minority and low-income voters from laws meant to suppress the vote and disenfranchise voters.