Washington Post: Congressional Democrats launch campaign to rally public support for voting rights protections
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.
In announcing #RestoreTheVote, an initiative aimed at rallying public support for the Voting Rights Advancement Act, Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-Ala.) noted that Tuesday is exactly one year from the day in 2016 that Americans will go to the polls to choose a new president. The bill, which has 133 co-sponsors, would require 13 states with a history of voter discrimination to seek approval from the Justice Department before changing voting laws and procedures. That requirement, known as "pre-clearance," was voided for nine states in the court's 2013 decision in the case brought by Shelby County, Ala., a Birmingham suburb.
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