Common Cause: YOU Can Help Us Restore Voting Rights

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Common Cause is looking for your help.

The organization, which is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization “dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy, reinventing an open, honest, and accountable government that works for the public interest, and empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard,” are encouraging folks to take action on restoring key provisions in the Voting Rights Act.

Common Cause wrote:

The Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. Tell Congress to fix it.

When the Supreme Court overturned key voting protections in 2013, partisan state lawmakers seized the opportunity to pass laws making it harder for Americans to cast their votes. Senator Patrick Leahy just introduced a bill, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, that would restore protections that ensured for decades that every American could be heard.

How do you help? Fill out a simple form here with your name and basic contact information to tell your senator to co-sponsor The Voting Rights Amendment Act.

Not quite sure what all the fuss is about the Voting Rights Act?

The Voting Rights Act -or VRA –  is an important pieces of civil rights legislation. But in 2013, the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County vs. Holder removed protections that required states with a history of discrimination to get federal approval before making election changes like moving polling places.

The Voting Rights Amendment Act would:

  • Require states with five violations of federal voting rights law in the last 15 years to receive pre-clearance for any election changes like redistricting, changes in election procedures close to an election, and the movement of polling places. This new formula would currently apply to Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
  • Requires all 50 states and their localities to give notice in local media and on the Internet of any actions related to significant election changes.

It should be noted that the Voting Rights Amendment Act bill is bipartisan, bicameral, and compliant with the Supreme Court’s ruling.

In addition to the Common Cause push to get Americans to support the bill, fair-elections and good government groups have also established an online petition to help folks express their support for the Voting Rights Amendment Act.

More than 10,000 have already signed. To join them, click here.

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