Restore the VRA
August 6 marks the 51st Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Here at LWVUS, we are taking the day to celebrate our recent voting rights victories and recommit to our important work on voting rights around the country at all levels of government.
June 25th marked the third anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision Shelby County v. Holder and civil rights and voting rights groups participated in a panel on Capitol Hill to highlight the ramifications of the decision. Panelists emphasized the need to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA), saying that raising the temperature for Congress around restoring the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) in the media in the upcoming months is a “must do”.
“Our members are fanning out across the Capitol to tell their elected representatives that it is well past time to right this wrong. We need them to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA),” President MacNamara said.
Hundreds of League members from around the country will be lobbying their U.S. Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill to advocate for the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA).
The League sent a letter to members of the U.S. House and Senate urging them to move the Voting Rights Advancement Act forward.
The League joined the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights and its member organizations calling for voting rights to be addressed at the upcoming Democrat and Republican debate/forum. The letter is signed by 36 organizations and has been sent to the network heads at MSNBC and CNBC as well as the moderators of the events.
"League teams are finding new voters at bike races, gyms and new citizen ceremonies on this National Voter Registration Day,” said President MacNamara.
“We are very pleased that new legislation has been introduced but there is so much more work to be done with the 2016 elections are quickly approaching,” said President MacNamara.
The League will participate in the third annual #GivingTuesday campaign on December 2, 2014. Generous League supporters have offered to match every #GivingTuesday donation we receive dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000.
When Congress left Washington this month, they also left behind a lot of work -- including helping prevent voter discrimination by moving the Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA) forward.