Let’s Have Quick Action on the New Voting Rights Act
Let's Have Quick Action on the New Voting Rights Act
Congress took a crucial initial step on Thursday toward restoring key provisions of the Voting Rights Act that were thrown out by the Supreme Court last summer.
The Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, introduced by Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-WI and John Conyers, D-MI, in the House and by Sen. Pat Leahy, D-VT, in the Senate, is bipartisan legislation that would strengthen voting opportunities for all eligible Americans and maximize participation in our democracy. Specifically, key provisions of the bill would:
Common Cause has called for House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor to schedule a vote on the new Voting Rights Act, HR 3899, within six months. While the legislation is far from perfect, it would enhance voting opportunities for many Americans. Please contact your members of Congress to encourage them to cosponsor the Voting Rights Amendment Act today and tell them how important it is to expand voting instead of making voting more difficult.