Voting Rights Act

Photo of LBJ signing the voting rights act

Fifty-three years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) into law, calling the day ''a triumph for freedom". The VRA outlawed discrimination in the voting booth, regardless of race or language, and is a cornerstone piece of legislation ensuring every American has the right to vote.

Unfortunately, in 2013, the Supreme Court overturned an essential provision of the VRA in the decision of Shelby County v. Holder—an outcome that has led to countless attacks on the voting rights of Americans.   

Since that wrongful decision, we have seen voters across the country face institutionalized obstacles at the voting booth:  

Unnecessary voter purges that disenfranchise eligible voters. 

Discriminatory voter photo ID requirements. 

Restrictions on early voting.  

Fewer and more crowded polling locations in underrepresented communities. 

As voters across the country prepare to vote in this year’s critical midterm elections, we will not remain silentThe League has stood on the front lines to expand voter access for decades. From serving as plaintiffs in lawsuits against discriminatory voting laws, to voter registration outreach in communities targeted by voter suppression tactics, our work embodies the spirit of the VRA. Join us as we tell Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act.

Congress currently has before it various proposals to restore the Voting Rights Act, but has taken no action in spite of mounting evidence of voter discrimination. Every day that Congress fails to act Americans are at risk of finding new barriers at the polls. 

Voter discrimination cannot be tolerated. Tell Congress to mark the anniversary of the VRA by restoring its key protections!

 

Jeanette Senecal
Senior Director of Mission Impact LWVUS

Issues referenced by this action alert: 
Voting rights are under attack.