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Major Voting Rights Bill Blocked
WASHINGTON – Just a month after debate was blocked on the Freedom to Vote Act, another essential piece of voting rights legislation — the bipartisan John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act — was also prevented from moving to debate. National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chief Policy Officer Jody Rabhan released the following statement:
“Without access to the ballot, we cannot elect lawmakers who represent our communities and respond to our needs. The Supreme Court has greatly weakened the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act over the past decade, and as a result, states across the country have passed dozens of laws making it more difficult to vote, particularly for communities of color, minority-language speakers, low-income voters, elderly and young voters, women, transgender individuals, and voters with disabilities.
“The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which passed the House of Representatives in August, would restore and strengthen the Voting Rights Act and has bipartisan support in the Senate. National Council of Jewish Women urges the Senate not to let partisan politics and procedural barriers stand in the way of realizing the promise of our democracy.”
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