WASHINGTON – Today, the League of Women Voters of the United States board president, Dr. Deborah Ann Turner, issued the following statement in support of the Senate version of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act:
“The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the essential bill we need to restore the provisions stripped from the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This bill will protect Black and brown voters from discrimination at the polls by ensuring federal review of the anti-voter legislation we have seen pass in 43 states around the country. Our freedom to vote remains under threat, and with redistricting ongoing and the midterm election cycle just a few months away, we need the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act more than ever.
“Until the Senate can come together to preserve our democracy, this legislation faces an uphill battle. We call on the Senate to do whatever it takes to remove the obstacles standing in the way of protecting our democracy.
“Yesterday, our organization led an action at the White House with democracy partners that risked their liberty and ultimately resulted in five arrests. We will continue to pressure President Biden to use the full power of the Executive office to compel the Senate to pass voting rights legislation for the American people.”
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