In the wake of huge voter turnout in the 2020 election, the big lie that the election was stolen, and the attempt to overturn the election, over 400 bills have been introduced at the state level that would restrict the right to vote.
The 1965 Voting Rights Act was a landmark bill that ensured the right to vote would finally be realized by all Americans. For decades, the Voting Rights Act helped protect against voter suppression laws through a process known as preclearance. This process required that states with a history of racial discrimination and voter suppression get preclearance from the Department of Justice, or the courts, before any newly restrictive voting laws could be passed. Unfortunately, a 2013 Supreme Court decision dismantled this critical requirement and immediately voter suppression laws began to be passed.
The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 would update and restore the preclearance requirement that worked for decades to prevent voter suppression. Take action to help pass this critically important bill.