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Voting Rights Act (VRA)

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.

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, the League attended a special meeting on Capitol Hill conducted by Senators Mark Begich and Harry Reid concerning voting rights.

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).

"Today was an important step; the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on voting rights and discrimination. The end result of that discussion: we must pass the VRAA and quickly," said Elisabeth MacNamara, national President of the League of Women Voters.

Access to the vote is not about politics; it's about justice and equality. The Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA) is the remedy that will help ensure equal access to the vote for all eligible Americans.

I joined members of Congress and leading civil and voting rights leaders at a press conference to call on Congress to move the Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA) forward. We gathered as a show of unity and to deliver the message that the League and our partners are serious about protecting voters.

This morning, I joined with other voting rights leaders at a press conference to urge Congress to begin moving the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act by holding a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

The League continues efforts to restore the Voting Rights Act with a letter to the House of Representatives.