Ahead of Congress coming back from recess next week, America Votes President Greg Speed calls for Democrats to seize the moment and push for the enactment of a renewed and robust Voting Rights Act (VRA) before providing a single vote to fund the government or raise the debt ceiling.
In his latest editorial “Dems Now Must Up the Ante on Voting Rights,” Speed urges Democrats in Congress to push for a new VRA that will ensure an end to the “War on Voting” and protect democracy following the introduction of more than 452 voter suppression bills in 45 states since the 2013 Shelby v. Holder decision nullifying the VRA’s pre-clearance protections.
Sooner or later, Trump and the GOP leadership will need Democratic votes to fulfill the basic function of governance… Democratic leaders on the Hill should have a simple response to the GOP’s inevitable entreaties: pass the Voting Rights act and THEN, we’ll talk. To put it bluntly: why should Democrats provide a single vote to fund the federal government if it is unable to protect the rights of voters to freely and fairly elect its leaders?
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 20, 2017
Krishana Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 383-8806
WASHINGTON, DC – America Votes launches Protect Voters Now!, a six-state voter protection and voter rights expansion project, calling for an end to restrictive and suppressive state measures on voting rights.
Protect Voters Now! is a direct response to combat the restrictive and suppressive measures on voting being introduced in states legislatures across the country by conservative elected officials emboldened by President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud following the 2016 presidential election.
“We will no longer tolerate these conservative attacks attempting to strip away the basic liberty in a free democracy – the fundamental right to vote,” said America Votes President Greg Speed. “America Votes and our partners are on the front lines in states defending voting rights and proactively advocating for positive election reforms.”
Speed said America Votes will serve as the central voting rights watchdog during the 2017 legislative session.
Protect Voters Now! is a strategic project designed to bolster legislative battles in six key states: Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, and New Mexico leveraging assets on the ground combining legislative advocacy, lobbying, grassroots organizing, litigation strategy and district level targeting to bring the full force of the progressive campaign coalition to fight for the right to vote.
Through Protect Voters Now!, America Votes is leading opposition to new conservative voter suppression laws introduced in Michigan and New Hampshire and working proactively to modernize election systems to expand voting access through new legislation and engagement with election officials.
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America Votes is the coordination hub of the progressive community. We lead collaborative efforts among a diverse coalition of over 400 state and national partner organizations to advance progressive policies, win elections, and protect every American’s right to vote. Our organization works nationally and in more than 20 states to provide a range of services to our partners, including strategic planning, advocacy and electoral campaign coordination, data tools and targeting services, and on-the-ground leadership in key states. For more information about America Votes, visit our website at www.americavotes.org.