Posted on July 27, 2015 in Action Alerts
In 2013, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, a critical piece of civil rights legislation that has protected the right to vote for 50 years, In the Shelby County v. Holder case. Chief Justice Roberts faulted Congress for not updating the Voting Rights Act’s formula that required specific states with a history of voting discrimination to seek pre-approval of any voting changes with the federal government. Earlier this month, a bicameral bill, The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015, was introduced to update the clearance formula. Without this updated formula, the assault on voting rights continues. Since Shelby County in 2013, 10 of the 15 states that were previously covered introduced legislation that would make it more difficult for minority voters to cast their ballot. The 2016 election is the first Presidential election in 50 years where voters will not have the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. It is imperative that Congress acts to support the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015.