Now is the time to stand up for voting rights. Congress is considering bipartisan legislation to update and modernize the Voting Rights Act, a landmark law that protects voters from discriminatory voting practices. Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner, R. Wisc., John Conyers, D. Mich., Steve Chabot, R. Ohio, John Lewis, D. Ga., Spencer Bachus, R. Ala., Bobby Scott, D. Va., and Sheila Jackson Lee, D. Texas., and others introduced the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 on January 16. Senator Patrick Leahy, D. Vt., introduced a companion bill in the Senate on the same day.
Despite great progress, voting discrimination continues to be a problem. That’s why a forward-looking and effective VRA is essential to ensuring that no voter is denied the right to vote and everyone has that right protected equally. Commonsense improvements to the VRA will ensure that voters everywhere are protected by truly modern, 21st century safeguards.
To support this important bipartisan legislation, we’ve relaunched our campaign website as VRAforToday.org, which will serve as the hub for the civil and human rights community working to enact this bill. This site will contain all the latest information about the bill and related activity.