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Statement from America Votes Leadership on the Passage of H.R. 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 24, 2021

Contact: Anna Donohue, adonohue@americavotes.org

 

Statement from America Votes Leadership on Passage of John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4)

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4). The bill establishes mechanisms for the federal government to oversee elections and effectively restores provisions in Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act by requiring states and jurisdictions with a proven history of discriminatory voting practices to obtain certification before making changes to election procedures to ensure that the proposed changes are not discriminatory. These protections, which would help protect against discriminatory voting rights legislation being passed in states,  were struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013. As the coordination hub of the progressive community working to protect every American’s right to vote,  the America Votes Senior Leadership Team released the following statement in response to the reintroduction of H.R. 4:

 

“We’re highly encouraged by the House passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Congressman John Lewis, the namesake for this piece of legislation, was a civil rights icon who dedicated his life and career to fighting to ensure that every American had access to our democracy. As can be seen by the deluge of Republican-backed laws that seek to block certain Americans from voting that are sweeping across the country, the notion of everyone having equal access to the ballot box is even further from reality. 

 

Make no mistake, we will be working hard as organizers to effectively combat voter suppression in 2022 and beyond. But we cannot simply “out-organize” conservatives when they use their power to attack our democracy via tactics like extreme gerrymandering, voter intimidation, and election nullification. Today’s passing of H.R. 4 is a big step in the right direction, and we look forward to further congressional action to protect our democracy and the fundamental right to vote. At a time when our democracy is on the brink of collapse, we will be working with the progressive community to push our lawmakers to fight for voting rights and protect American democracy.”

 

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The America Votes Senior Leadership Team is comprised of: Greg Speed, President; Sara Schreiber, Executive Director; Tanya Brown, Chief of Staff; Daria Dawson, Political Director; Daniel Gonzales, Director of Planning and Program Analysis; Evan Kost, Director of Development and Investment Relations; Shabab Siddiqui, Director of Data and Targeting; and Josiette White, Field Director.

America Votes is the central coordination hub of the progressive community both nationally and in more than 20 states across the country, working with more than 400 state and national partner organizations to advance progressive policies, win elections and protect every American’s right to vote. Visit www.americavotes.org for more information.

Statement from America Votes Leadership on Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Decison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 2, 2021

Contact: Anna Donohue, adonohue@americavotes.org

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, which brought into question the application of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act in regard to two Arizona elections policies challenged as racially discriminatory. The Court upheld the decision of the lower courts to rule in favor of two Arizona laws that ultimately make voting more difficult for racial minorities in the state. As the coordination hub of the progressive community working to protect every American’s right to vote,  the America Votes Senior Leadership Team released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling:

 

“Every American, regardless of background, zip code or race, should be able to exercise their freedom to vote. Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is disappointing because they had the opportunity to uphold the rights of voters, particularly within Indigenous and rural communities. Instead, they are allowing partisan-driven Arizona lawmakers to make it even harder for people to vote while also making it more difficult to challenge voter suppression in the future.”

 

”That being said, this ruling is another call to action to defend voting rights and democracy. After today’s ruling, it is even more imperative that Congress act by passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, to restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act, as well as the For the People Act. We expect our elected representatives to practice what they preach and fight for a fair election system. America Votes will continue our fight against racially discriminatory voting restrictions alongside our partners.”

 

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The America Votes Senior Leadership Team is comprised of: Greg Speed, President; Sara Schreiber, Executive Director; Tanya Brown, Chief of Staff; Daria Dawson, Political Director; Daniel Gonzales, Director of Planning and Program Analysis; Evan Kost, Director of Development and Investment Relations; Shabab Siddiqui, Director of Data and Targeting; and Josiette White, Field Director.

America Votes is the central coordination hub of the progressive community both nationally and in more than 20 states across the country, working with more than 400 state and national partner organizations to advance progressive policies, win elections and protect every American’s right to vote. Visit www.americavotes.org for more information.

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