More on Voting Rights
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) releases the following statement regarding the dedication of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument.
Congresswoman Terri Sewell issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation announced it will investigate reduced services at driver license offices across the State of Alabama for potential discrimination against African American residents in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Today, Rep Terri Sewell was joined by leaders of the House Democratic Caucus as she unveiled #RestoreTheV.O.T.E, or Restore the Voices of the Excluded, a national legislative effort to mobilize support for the Voting Rights Advancement Act which restores and advances the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Black, Hispanic and Asian American lawmakers said Tuesday that their constituents are particularly vulnerable to losing their right to vote if Congress doesn't pass legislation to restore a key provision of the federal Voting Rights Act that was tossed out two years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Congresswoman Terri Sewell issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Justice threat to sue the State of Alabama for noncompliance with the National Voter Registration Act.
Barely one year after Alabama’s voter-ID law went into effect, officials are planning to close 31 driver’s license offices across the state, including those in every county in which blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters.
It’s ostensibly a cost-cutting effort, but coupled with the voter-ID law, these closings will make it even more difficult for many of the state’s most vulnerable voters to get one of the most common forms of identification now required to cast a vote.
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus are using the hashtag #ShameonAL on Twitter on Wednesday to describe the state's decision to close driver's license satellite offices in the state that disproportionately affect African Americans, the poor and the elderly.
Rev. Jesse Jackson planned to meet with Secretary of State John Merrill Wednesday afternoon on the removal of driver’s license examiners from rural offices, which has stoked fears about limiting individuals’ ability to vote.
Speaking at a press conference Wednesday on the subject, Jackson said the situation was “punishment politics on the poor,” and presented an opportunity to demand greater access to voting.
“This issue is not ultimately about black and white, it’s about wrong and right,” he said.