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Voter Suppression

This week, the Mission of the United States to the United Nations commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The League believes that access to the vote is about equality, not politics. Fortunately, Leagues across the country are fighting discriminatory voter ID bills – and succeeding!

Since 2011, Wisconsin has been one of the battlegrounds for those fighting to protect voting rights. I had the privilege of visiting Wisconsin this past weekend to do my part to help protect and educate Wisconsin voters.

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.

In a win for voters, a federal judge ruled to restore early voting hours that had been cut in Ohio. The move, which comes just in time for the November election, follows tireless work on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Ohio and its partners.

Earlier this month, a federal judge denied a preliminary injunction barring North Carolina’s new restrictive elections law.

Thanks to the work of the League of Women Voters and our coalition partners, no eligible voter in Wisconsin was disenfranchised by the state's state’s voter photo ID, which remains blocked by a federal court injunction to this day.

Voter discrimination cannot be tolerated in the 21st century. That's why we're pushing Congress to pass the Voting Rights Amendment Act, a flexible, modern answer to the problem of discrimination in voting.

This week marks the 166th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention, the 1848 meeting responsible for making the first formal demand for women’s suffrage.

Today, on the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision that gutted key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, the Senate will finally hold a hearing on the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA).