Recently one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation that Congress has ever passed was gutted: The Voting Rights Act.
The Supreme Court removed a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that required states with a history of voter discrimination get federal approval before making voting changes like moving polling places or redistricting. Within months of the ruling, some states immediately enacted potentially discriminatory laws including Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, South Dakota, Iowa, and Indiana.
The good news is that we have the chance to fix it now. Congress can pass a new set of protections that work together to guarantee our right to vote - it's called the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014. Supported by a bipartisan group of lawmakers this bil will protect critical civil rights.
This bill is simple, it will require any state with five violations of federal voting rights law in the last 15 years to receive pre-clearance for any election changes. That means states with a history of discrimination that want to redistrict, change election procedures close to an election, or move polling places, must have these changes reviewed. It's common sense.
Voter discrimination is a real problem. When the Voting Rights Act was reauthorized in 2006, Congress held over 20 hearings and amassed a record of 15,000 pages documenting widespread evidence of voting discrimination.
Ask Congress to pass this bipartisan legislation — the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014.
To: U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate
Cosponsor the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (H.R.3899/S.1945)
This bill is simple, it will require any state with five violations of federal voting rights law in the last 15 years to receive pre-clearance for any election changes. Localities would have to commit only three violations in that time to be placed in pre-clearance, or have one violation and a persistently low minority turnout....
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