On Tuesday, Senate President pro tempore Patrick Leahy introduced the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in the Senate. The bill already passed the House of Representatives in August, where it was sponsored by Alabama Representative Terri Sewell.
FairVote has endorsed the legislation as a necessary step to protect the right to vote for all Americans. Here is our latest statement on it:
“Every American’s vote is precious and deserves to be counted. The John Lewis’ Voting Rights Advancement Act is a fundamental piece of legislation that restores key elements of the original Voting Rights Act and will ensure more Americans will be heard in the democratic process.”
The original VRA passed with bipartisan support, and in the decades since it has been repeatedly reauthorized on a bipartisan basis. We urge the Senate to take action to pass the John Lewis VRAA in the current session.