By: Elisabeth MacNamara 05/22/2014
In January, a bipartisan group of Representatives did something that is rare nowadays: they put aside politics to govern. By introducing H.R. 3899, the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA), Representatives Sensenbrenner, Conyers, Scott and Lewis came together to forge workable, common sense solutions that would modernize the elections process and protect voting rights against discrimination.
But months later we are still waiting for Congress to finish what it started. Urge your Representative to move H.R. 3899 forward by holding a hearing in the House.
The League was hopeful Congress would move quickly to repair the damage caused by the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, but four months later we are still waiting for action to be taken. H.R. 3899 modernizes the coverage formula for preclearance to ensure it is based on recent acts of discrimination and provides narrow mechanisms to prevent discrimination in voting nationwide. It also provides a national notification system to keep voters up to date on changes to upcoming elections. The VRAA is an important step forward for our democracy, where the right to vote is not about politics or the outcome of elections; it is about equality and justice.
The time for waiting is over. Tell your Representative to call for a hearing on the VRAA.
Through the support of League members and supporters like you we’ve already generated over 35,000 letters to Congress on this legislation. But we need to keep the pressure on! If we are to ensure that each and every eligible voter is treated fairly at the ballot box and has an equal right and equal access to vote, we must continue to make our voices heard. Please join the League in calling for a hearing on H.R. 3899. Let’s move forward and modernize the Voting Rights Act to protect our most fundamental right: the right to vote.