Restore the Vote

The Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA, HR 4/S 561), introduced by Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in February 2019, would restore the strength of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. A Supreme Court decision in 2013, Shelby County v. Holder, struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which required jurisdictions with histories of voting rights violations to submit proposed changes to election laws to the Department of Justice before they went into effect to ensure they were not discriminatory. The VRAA would restore Section 4 by requiring states with 15 or more voting rights violations in the past 25 years to clear changes to election laws (such as registration, redistricting, or voter ID) with the government. The bill would also require jurisdictions to post voting changes publicly.

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