Posted on January 17, 2014
Yesterday, a bipartisan bill was introduced in the House of Representatives to give new life to the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the law last June. The bill creates a new coverage formula under Section 4, which, though not perfect, is a clear step in the right direction. Additionally, the bill includes a requirement that jurisdictions in all 50 states notify local media of any procedures relating to redistricting, voting law changes within 120 days of a federal election, and the moving of a polling place, an innovative policy to increase transparency in voting across the country.
FairVote joins a chorus of organizations and analysts supporting this bipartisan legislation. We were impressed by the range of thoughtful statements and commentaries that have been issued in the wake of the bill's introduction. Below you will find a number of examples.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act Introduction
Advancement Project: Voting Rights Act Amendment a Significant Step; Concerns Remain
African American Ministers in Action: Applauds Introduction of VRA Legislation
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC): Advancing Justice-AAJC Applauds Voting Rights Act Update, Looks Forward to Working with Congress to Ensure Robust Protections for Language-Minority Voters
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF): AALDEF Applauds Bipartisan Bill to Modernize the Voting Rights Act
Bend the Arc Jewish Action: Common Sense Fixes in New Legislation an Important Step to Creating a "VRA for Today"
Brennan Center for Justice: Voting Rights Act Bill: Critical First Step to Improve Elections
Fair Elections Legal Network: Congressional Legislation to Restore the Voting Right Act is a Proactive Step to Reinstate Safeguards for Voters
Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA): Applauds Bipartisan VRA Legislation
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Law: Commends House on Bipartisan Effort to Protect Voters' Rights Although Areas for Improvement Remain
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF): Welcomes Introduction of Bipartisan Voting Rights Bills, Seeks Necessary Improvement
League of Women Voters: Introduction of Voting Rights Amendment Act in House Meaningful Step
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: Congress's Swift, Bipartisan Effort Responds to Supreme Court's Shelby vs. Holder Decision
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO): Lawmakers take important step in moving Voting Rights Act legislation; Organization looks forward to working with Congress to strengthen protections for Latino voters
National Association of Social Workers: Applauds Congress on Bipartisan Voting Rights Bill
National Council of Jewish Women: Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan Voting Rights Legislation
National Urban League: Applauds Introduction of Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014
People for the American Way: PFAW Praises Introduction of VRA Legislation
To learn more about how you can support this important legislation, visit VRA Today. To learn more about what you can do in your community to uphold voting rights and increase voter turnout, join FairVote's Promote Our Vote campaign.