Restore the Vote

The Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA, HR 4), introduced by Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), passed the House of Representatives in December 2019 and has since languished without a vote in the Senate. In July 2020, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) reintroduced the bill as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA, S 561) to honor the late civil rights icon. The VRAA would restore Section 4 of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act 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. Section 4 was struck down in a 2013 Supreme Court decision, Shelby County v. Holder. Tell your senators that honoring Rep. John Lewis’ legacy means honoring his life’s work — it is time to pass the VRAA.