Speaker Ryan: Restore the Voting Rights Act!

Speaker Paul Ryan wants to find bipartisan common ground in Congress. He can start by modernizing the Voting Rights Act

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Voting rights are in a state of emergency. Emboldened by a bad Supreme Court decision, politicians are launching unprecedented attacks in a handful of states -- cuts to early voting and same day registration in North Carolina; a strict photo voter ID law in Texas; cuts to strong reform in Ohio -- making it harder for the most marginalized among us to vote.

With our state organizations Common Cause is pushing back on these anti-voter efforts that hit voters of color, students, and the elderly hardest. But to stop these rollbacks before they start, we need to modernize and restore the protections of the Voting Rights Act.

The Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA), a bill to do just that, is about to become the latest casualty of Congressional gridlock.

We have a unique opportunity for progress. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) is the Speaker of the House. He's promised to fix dysfunction in Congress and unite lawmakers in support the essentials -- things every American can agree are important.

And what's more essential than voting?

Right now, the Voting Rights Advancement Act can't even get a full hearing in committee -- and if we can't pass the VRAA soon, it'll be too late to implement it in time for the election.

This is Speaker Ryan's first test: if he's serious about uniting Congress behind the American people's priorities, getting the Voting Rights Advancement Act passed should be a no-brainer. The right to vote is just too important to be a partisan political football. For decades, legislators crossed the aisle in Congress to protect our most fundamental of constitutional rights; we can get there again.

In order to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act before the election, we need decisive action. And Paul Ryan needs to prove he means what he says about making government work by uniting the House to affirm every American's right to vote.

We need to act quickly, or voters will face the first presidential election without the VRA's protections in more than half a century.

Tell Speaker Ryan: Use your power as speaker to urge passage of the Voting Rights Amendment Act.

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