Earlier this month, Virginia testified before Congress on voting rights and elections. In front of the Subcommittee on Elections, she spoke about the attacks on voting rights we have seen in recent years.
Politicians across the country have passed unnecessarily restrictive legislation and adopted practices that discriminate against and disenfranchise voters of color and minorities whose first language is not English—making it harder for them to register and much more difficult to vote.
Virginia urged the lawmakers to create and enforce laws to strengthen our democracy, saying, "It is the duty of government to protect the rights of voters and to encourage participation in our political system, not create barriers that prevent participation."
Watch Virginia's testimony below and read her prepared remarks here.
As the League prepares for 2020 and continues to defend democracy, it is the power of women like Virginia and each of us that is advancing this movement. On the verge of our 100th birthday, we are still in this fight!