Every eligible American wants to – and should – have a say in deciding which people and policies will determine the future for our families, community, and country.
At a time when far too many eligible voters are wrongly turned away from the polls – or simply don’t have access to them – we must rededicate ourselves to increasing participation among eligible voters.
Generations of Americans fought and died for our right to vote, the freedom to choose our leaders, and the right to speak up for our beliefs.
But today, those rights still are under attack. In 2013, the Supreme Court gutted key portions of the Voting Rights Act, which protected eligible voters from discriminatory voting laws. The court claimed those protections were no longer necessary.
Since then, opportunistic state lawmakers have proven the court wrong. At least 20 states have passed new voting restrictions — from cuts to early voting, to strict voter ID requirements, to rolling back strong reforms.
The Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) would restore the VRA’s critical voting protections and modernize them for the challenges voters face today.
The COVID-19 crisis poses an unprecedented threat to our democracy — and Congress has a duty to make sure every eligible voter can cast their ballot safely. That’s why our representatives must expand vote-by-mail, early voting, and no-excuse absentee programs nationwide by passing the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act.