Voting is one of the most sacred means of political participation. For over forty years, the Voting Rights Act has protected the votes of every registered citizen of the U.S. It prevents voter dilution, intimidation and disenfranchisement. Most importantly, the Voting Rights Act secured voting equality for minority groups across the country.
But despite the progress we have made in equalizing the electoral system, there have been recent challenges to the Voting Rights Act that should concern everyone -- especially with only weeks left until November's Election Day.
Several states including Texas, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina have challenged a provision of the Voting Rights Act that was designed to prevent minority voter disenfranchisement.
We can't stand by and let the Voting Rights Act be weakened -- every piece of the Voting Rights Act is integral to our democracy. An inclusive democracy is one that represents all Americans.
Please urge Congress to continue to uphold the Voting Rights Act and prevent the disenfranchisement of minority voters.
Now, despite all of this history and progress, I am writing to you because I am concerned about the recent challenges to the Voting Rights Act.
Several states that are all or partially covered under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act,
including Texas, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina, have challenged the viability of the preclearance provision of Section 5. This provision is in place to deter minority voter dilution and disenfranchisement.
These covered jurisdictions have a history of discrimination and need the Voting Rights
Act, especially Section 5, to guarantee equal voting power for minority communities.
We must ensure that our most fundamental civil rights remain intact and that every vote counts equally. I urge you to please do all that you can to uphold the Voting Rights Act so that our election system stays fair and accessible for every voter.