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To: Senator Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate

Senator McConnell, Pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act

Senator McConnell, Pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Advancement Act has been languishing in the Judiciary Committee since December. As we mourn the passing of John Lewis, pass H.R. 4 and send it to President Trump for his signature.

Why is this important?

Senator Mitch McConnell is among the many members of Congress who have made statements on the passing of their colleague and civil rights giant John Lewis who nearly died in the fight for the Voting Rights Act. McConnell tweeted, "I will never forget joining hands with John as Congress sang We Shall Overcome at a 2008 ceremony honoring his friend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It could not have been more humbling to consider what he had suffered and sacrificed so those words could be sung in that place."

Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL-7) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Voting Rights Advancement Act that would restore key provisions of the act that were struck down by the Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder in 2013. You can read a brief summary here: https://www.hrc.org/resources/voting-rights-advancement-act

The best way that he and his colleagues can honor the memory of their colleague is to pass H.R. 4.

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Reasons for signing

  • To end discrimination at the polls.
  • Support democracy.
  • Voting Rights are universal. The only excuse for not supporting expanded voting rights is purely selfish: tilt the playing field in the direction of MY team.

Updates

2020-07-18 18:54:11 -0400

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