League of Women Voters of the U.S.Today, the U.S. House passed the Voting Rights Advancement Act by a bipartisan vote.
IT'S TIME TO RESTORE THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT
54 years ago, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) was signed into law. But instead of commemorating the landmark voting rights legislation today, many advocates are in the trenches fighting to curb the voter suppression unleashed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to gut it.
Six years ago, the Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision overturned an essential provision of the VRA which has led to countless attacks on the voting rights of Americans. Over the past six years since the decision, states and localities have used every tool available to make voting harder. States have worked to roll back hours for early voting, purge voter rolls of qualified voters, and even pass strict voter photo ID bills that make it harder for people to register to vote.