Our democracy works best when everyone can fully participate, no matter who they are or what their race or color.
On June 25, 2013, the voting rights community endured a devastating blow when portions of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965, one of the most civil rights statutes ever enacted, was gutted by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Shelby County v. Holder. As we approach the six-year anniversary of that watershed, the League of Women Voters is sponsoring a week of action to restore the VRA.
We need YOU to contact our Florida senators, express your support for the VRAA legislation, and build momentum to move it forward.
Sen. Rick Scott 202-224-5274 or www.rickscott.senate.gov/contact_rick
Sen. Marco Rubio 202-224-3041 or www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
Shelby County v. Holder made it easier for states and localities to revert back to discriminatory practices that restrict the voting rights of Black, Brown, Native, and Asian American people.
Federal courts have determined intentional discrimination in at least ten voting rights decisions since Shelby in 2013. In 2016 alone, 14 states imposed new restrictive voting laws for the first time in advance of a presidential election. By 2018, six states had new restrictive laws in place.
It’s time we fix this injustice and reclaim the tools to effectively combat current racial discrimination in voting. Six years after Shelby County v. Holder, Congress MUST pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA), HR4, to restore the Voting Rights Act and build the truly representative 21st-century democracy our nation deserves.
Millions of people (including the majority of Floridians who approved voting rights restoration through Amendment 4) have made it clear that they want to build a representative and functioning democracy where everyone, regardless of race or color, can participate in the democratic process free from intimidation, discrimination, or coercion.
Our elected officials are responsible for ensuring that our collective voice is heard, investigating every instance when this right is violated, and responding with laws that will protect them and keep infringements from happening again. Congress must deliver at the national level by passing the Voting Rights Advancement Act and prevent further plots to silence our most vulnerable communities. Please reach out to our senators and let them know you support this legislation.