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February 26, 2019, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) welcomed the introduction of the Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR 4) by Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) , which would restore Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:
“In the years since the US Supreme Court’s disastrous 2013 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, dozens of states have passed laws making it more difficult to vote. The Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) would restore the strength of the Voting Rights Act by requiring states with a recent history of voter discrimination to seek federal preclearance for election changes.
“Voter suppression efforts disproportionately harm communities of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ folks. The result? It is increasingly difficult for communities to elect diverse officials who represent their values and have their best interests at heart. The VRAA would re-level the playing field.
“At NCJW, we know our vote is our voice. Our nation has already held one presidential election and numerous federal elections without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act, and we urge Congress to act swiftly to passing the VRAA before another election takes place.”
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.