Sarah Ford | May 27, 2014

Proudly Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act

By Remington Gregg, Legislative Counse

Last June, the day before the LGBT community‘s huge victory in U.S. v. Windsor, the Supreme Court delivered the broader civil rights community a blow when it invalidated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act – the formula prescribing which states and localities had to be pre-approved before changing voting laws and practices.  Fortunately, the Court’s decision was limited in scope and did not bar Congress from creating a new formula.  Since that day, the civil rights community has worked hard to revise the Voting Rights Act to ensure continued prevention of voting discrimination.  HRC is proud to support the Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA), a bipartisan and commonsense approach to combating voting discrimination.  

The bipartisan VRAA is a flexible, modern, nationwide solution to the problem of discrimination in voting.  The legislation would provide new tools to get ahead of voting discriminating before it occurs and ensure that any proposed election changes are transparent.  Every day that Congress fails to act, voters are in danger.  Since the Supreme Court’s decision, states and localities have brazenly pushed forward potentially discriminatory changes to voting practices, such as changing district boundaries to disadvantage select voters and moving polling locations in areas with high concentrations of minority residents.

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