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Winning Issue » VOTING RIGHTS ACT


Our Constitution’s Fifteenth Amendment, ratified in 1870, prohibits government from denying a citizen the right to vote based on “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” Nearly 100 years later, the 1965 Voting Rights Act prohibited government from imposing any “voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure ... to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.” Patriots claim these iconic laws affirm the same basic principle -that our Constitutional right to vote is essential to our democracy. They also say these voting laws are needed to protect this sacred right from constant threat. In 2013, our Supreme Court struck down Section 4b, the heart of the Voting Rights Act. This section required states with histories of voter suppression to receive pre-clearance from the Justice Department before any changes could be made to a state’s election procedures. The Court ruled these pre-clearances are not longer needed and told Congress to pass a law updating Section 4b -but few give this Congress much chance of doing so. Supreme Court opponents claim states will now be free to enact previously-illegal voter suppression laws which are designed to restrict minority, elderly, disabled and student citizens from voting. Indeed, several states passed such laws within days and weeks of the Court’s controversial ruling.


Pending Legislation:
S.1659 - The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015



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  • I oppose reforming current Voting Rights Act policy and wish to defeat S.1659 - The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support requiring states with 15 voting violations over the past 25 years, or 10 violations if one was statewide, to submit future election changes for federal approval; requiring this new formula to cover Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia; requiring federal approval for: new voter-ID laws and proof-of-citizenship requirements for voter registration; changes to the method of election in areas where there’s a significant racial- or language-minority population, defined as 20% of the electorate; changes to boundaries of an election district that reduce the size of the minority electorate in areas where there’s a significant racial- or language-minority population; changes to boundaries of an election district when the minority vote has grown by 10,000 people or by 20% in the past decade; changes that reduce, consolidate, or relocate polling locations where there’s a significant racial- or language-minority population; any reduction in bilingual election materials, and wish to pass S.1659 - The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) and/or Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support requiring states with 15 voting violations over the past 25 years, or 10 violations if one was statewide, to submit future election changes for federal approval; requiring this new formula to cover Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia; requiring federal approval for: new voter-ID laws and proof-of-citizenship requirements for voter registration; changes to the method of election in areas where there’s a significant racial- or language-minority population, defined as 20% of the electorate; changes to boundaries of an election district that reduce the size of the minority electorate in areas where there’s a significant racial- or language-minority population; changes to boundaries of an election district when the minority vote has grown by 10,000 people or by 20% in the past decade; changes that reduce, consolidate, or relocate polling locations where there’s a significant racial- or language-minority population; any reduction in bilingual election materials, and wish to pass S.1659 - The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) and/or Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing S.1659 - The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds

Legislation: S.1659 - The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Patrick Leahy, VT
Status: Senate Judiciary Committee
Chairman: Sen. Chuck Grassley, IA

If elected as a trustee, the NAACP will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for restoring the pre-clearance requirement and updating Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act.

The NAACP states that the job it its Washington Bureau is to turn NAACP priorities, as approved by the national Board of Directors, into federal public policy through the legislative process. General topics include the promotion and protection of civil rights, securing a fair and equal criminal justice system, ensuring high quality educational opportunities for all Americans, a fair labor environment, and securing affordable adequate housing and health care for all Americans. The NAACP opposes the Supreme Court Changes to the Voting Rights Act and the resulting efforts of some communities to enact voter suppression laws.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
February 27, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
March 4, 2020