In 2013, the Supreme Court crippled one of the most effective protections for the right to vote by rendering ineffective the requirement that certain jurisdictions with a history of voting discrimination get pre-approval for voting changes.
Without a robust Voting Rights Act, new state laws created a chaotic election landscape last year that confused both voters and election officials. We cannot let another election pass without full protections for voters of color.
The good news is that there’s still hope to address this problem – the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2015. Congress can pass a new, flexible and forward-looking set of protections that work together to guarantee our right to vote.
As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of both Bloody Sunday and the enactment of the Voting Rights Act this year, we hope that Congress will restore and strengthen the law.
While we will continue to fight to make the bill even stronger, the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act can repair much of the damage done by the Court, and would provide modern, flexible protections to combat voter discrimination, wherever it might arise in the country.
With your voice, we have a real chance at passing this historic legislation this year.
Sign today and send a clear message to Congress — it’s time to stop unchecked discrimination at the polls.