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House Victory on Voting Rights - Tell the Senate to Act!

By José Santos Woss, December 9, 2019


It’s been more than six years since the Supreme Court struck down provisions in the Voting Rights Act designed to protect the rights of minority communities. Since then, voter suppression in the U.S. has run rampant.

Congress can address this problem right now. Last week the House took the first step by passing the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) (H.R 4/S. 561). This legislation would restore essential protections for voters who live in places with a documented history of voter suppression.

Relying on the courts to strike down discriminatory voting laws is not enough—Congress must proactively restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. The House has done it's part. Now, it’s time for the Senate to act.

Contact your senators and urge them to strengthen our democracy by passing the VRAA.

Update The VRAA Can Turn the Tides on Voter Discrimination 

Ever since the 2013 Supreme Court decision of Shelby County v. Holder, it has been far too easy for voting discrimination to occur. This troubling trend is what led the House Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on Sept. 10 that focused on voting discrimination and a crucial piece of legislation: The Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA).

Press Release Quaker Lobby Hails House Passage of Voting Rights Advancement Act 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation praised today’s passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 (H.R. 4) in the House of Representatives. The bill will restore the protections of 1965’s Voting Rights Act by developing a process to determine which states must seek prior clearance for election law changes with the Justice Department.

José Santos Woss

  • Legislative Manager, Criminal Justice and Election Integrity

José is the Legislative Manager for Criminal Justice and Election Integrity. He leads FCNL’s work on criminal justice reform, election integrity, and policing. He helps to lead the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition, an alliance of more than 40 national faith groups advocating to end mass incarceration.