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HUMAN RIGHTS »» CIVIL RIGHTS »» VOTING RIGHTS ACT »» May 17, 2021
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 say this iconic law affirms that our Constitutional right to vote is essential to our democracy. In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4b of the Voting Rights Act. This section required states with histories of voter suppression to receive pre-clearance from the Justice Department before changing their election procedures. The Court ruled these pre-clearances are no longer necessary. Soon afterwards, states began enacting previously-illegal voter suppression laws that restricted minorities, the elderly, students, those disabled, and others from voting.

The 2020 election showed why we need our Voting Rights Act restored. Many states have purged voters from registration rolls under the guise of “maintenance,” or voided ballots because of technicalities such signatures that didn’t perfectly match-up with those on file. Some states have imposed strict photo ID requirements in order to vote. Other states have restricted voting and registration in many ways that disproportionately affect African Americans. These restrictions include cutting back on early voting, removing ballot drop-off boxes, and disallowing ballots that had been mailed on time but delivered after election day. Our Postmaster General intentionally slowed mail delivers prior to the election by removing large sorting machines from mail processing centers and prohibiting overtime pay for postal employees.

Proposed Legislation: H.R.4 - Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. Terri Sewell (AL)

  • I oppose reforming current Voting Rights Act policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support: 1.) Establishing new criteria for determining which states and political subdivisions must obtain preclearance before changes to voting practices in these areas may take effect. 2.) Declaring that a state and all of its political subdivisions shall be subject to preclearance of voting practice changes for a 10-year period if: (a.) 15 or more voting rights violations occurred in the state during the previous 25 years. (b.) 10 or more violations occurred during the previous 25 years, at least one of which was committed by the state itself. 3.) Requiring all jurisdictions to preclear changes to requirements for documentation to vote that make the requirements more stringent than federal requirements for voters who register by mail or state law. 4.) Specifying practices jurisdictions meeting certain thresholds regarding racial minority groups, language minority groups or minority groups on Indian land, must preclear before implementing. These practices include changes to methods of election, changes to jurisdiction boundaries, redistricting, changes to voting locations and opportunities and changes to voter registration list maintenance. 5.) Expanding the circumstances under which a court may retain the authority to preclear voting changes made by a state or political subdivision, or the Department of Justice may assign election observers. 6.) Requiring states and political subdivisions to notify the public of changes to voting practices. 7.) Revising the circumstances under which a court must grant preliminary injunctive relief in a challenge to voting practices. And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Terri Sewell (AL) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
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  • I support: 1.) Establishing new criteria for determining which states and political subdivisions must obtain preclearance before changes to voting practices in these areas may take effect. 2.) Declaring that a state and all of its political subdivisions shall be subject to preclearance of voting practice changes for a 10-year period if: (a.) 15 or more voting rights violations occurred in the state during the previous 25 years. (b.) 10 or more violations occurred during the previous 25 years, at least one of which was committed by the state itself. 3.) Requiring all jurisdictions to preclear changes to requirements for documentation to vote that make the requirements more stringent than federal requirements for voters who register by mail or state law. 4.) Specifying practices jurisdictions meeting certain thresholds regarding racial minority groups, language minority groups or minority groups on Indian land, must preclear before implementing. These practices include changes to methods of election, changes to jurisdiction boundaries, redistricting, changes to voting locations and opportunities and changes to voter registration list maintenance. 5.) Expanding the circumstances under which a court may retain the authority to preclear voting changes made by a state or political subdivision, or the Department of Justice may assign election observers. 6.) Requiring states and political subdivisions to notify the public of changes to voting practices. 7.) Revising the circumstances under which a court must grant preliminary injunctive relief in a challenge to voting practices. And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Terri Sewell (AL) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
Trustee Candidates

  • Representative
    If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Terri Sewell (AL) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting her to favorably consider reintroducing H.R.4 - Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019.


  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
    If elected as a trustee, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 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.

    About: The NAACP is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

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