WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021, which Congressman Lieu cosponsored. This critical bill restores the full strength of the Voting Rights Act, after the Supreme Court gutted the VRA through its 2013 Shelby County v. 2021 Holder and Brnovich v. DNC decisions. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, since the beginning of this year, 30 laws have been enacted by 18 states that restrict the right to vote.
“The right to vote is the bedrock of our democracy. Protecting the right to vote is foundational to our country’s values and should be a priority for every elected official. Unfortunately, we’re seeing an aggressive effort from some state officials to curb voting rights in their communities. We have a responsibility to fight back. I’m honored to have cast my vote on the House Floor for the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which honors the legacy of our civil rights heroes and empowers the Department of Justice to establish equal, non-discriminatory access to the ballot box.”
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