WASHINGTON – Today the League of Women Voters of the United States board president, Dr. Deborah Ann Turner, issued the following statement after the US House of Representatives’ passage of HR 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act:
“The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act will restore the Voting Rights Act to its original protections by reviewing and blocking anti-voter policies that too often target voters of color. We commend the House on passing this critical piece of legislation.
“Unfortunately, the US Senate is deadlocked on voting rights, which is why the League of Women Voters is calling on the White House to bring lawmakers together, remove the obstacles in the way, and work collectively on behalf of the American voters to see this legislation become law.
“Today, the League of Women Voters rallied with our democracy partners in front of the White House to demand President Biden use the full power of his office, live up to his commitment to the voters, and prioritize voters’ voices in our democracy.
“We cannot afford to wait any longer. We need the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the For the People Act to restore and protect our freedom to vote.”
Tuesday afternoon, more than 200 voting rights activists and volunteers joined the League of Women Voters in front of the White House for ‘No More Excuses: Voting Rights Now!’, a rally calling on President Biden to deliver on his promise of voting rights.
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The League joined a letter led by the Leadership Conference in support of two critical pieces of legislation needed to protect the freedom to vote: For the People Act (FTPA) and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA). Passage of both bills is essential to counter the unprecedented wave of voter suppression laws advancing in the states and to protect Americans from further encroachments on their rights. Passing one without the other simply will not be sufficient to ensure that all Americans—and particularly Americans of color—have meaningful and equal access to the ballot.