In Shelby v. Holder, issued in June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, first passed in 1965 in response to persistent and purposeful discrimination through literacy tests, poll taxes, intimidation, threats, and violence. For millions of racial, ethnic, and language minority citizens, the Voting Rights Act eliminated discriminatory practices and removed other barriers to political participation.
In direct response to Shelby, the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) is modern, flexible, forward-looking legislation designed to protect 21st century voters.
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The VRAA contains a modern-day formula that requires states and localities with a recent history of voter discrimination to seek approval from the U.S. Department of Justice before making any changes to their electoral laws.
While the Voting Rights Act was successful in eliminating the voter suppression devices over the past four decades, voter suppression efforts continue to evolve and the need for its protections persist. In the 2016 election, the first in decades without the protection of the Voting Rights Act, 33 states had implemented laws that could lead to voter suppression.
The Voting Rights Advancement Act reaffirms our commitment to voter equality and creates more pathways to voter access. Your support of strengthening the Voting Rights Act, as this bill does, is critical to the continued protection of the democratic voice of every American.