John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and For the People Act Together Guarantee Our Freedom to Vote
We applaud the House for passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4). As over 400 harmful bills threaten the right to vote across the country, passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is a necessary step to strengthen the freedom to vote, especially for Black and Brown communities whose voices have long been silenced.
“The Supreme Court’s disastrous 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision left voting rights, especially those of people of color, exposed to unchecked attacks by extremist state lawmakers. Today’s reintroduction of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4) is necessary to restore the Voting Rights Act to its full power and represents a fundamental step forward in ensuring our freedom to vote.
Statement from Jana Morgan, Director of the Declaration for American Democracy, on today’s expected release of 2020 census data by the U.S. Census Bureau to be used in redistricting
“Today’s release of census data starts the clock for states to begin the redistricting process, and marks the beginning of gerrymandering’s next attack on fair representation. Without protection from the For the People Act, Americans are looking at another 10 years where politicians pick their voters, rather than the other way around.”
The Declaration for American Democracy coalition and 22 member organizations issued statements calling for August recess to be delayed until the For the People Act is passed.