The House of Representatives has taken important action today, passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and fulfilling their promise to the nation to restore and strengthen all Americans’ right to vote. This is a critical piece of legislation that fills the gap left by the disastrous Shelby County decision, and it would be an essential tool to fight racial discrimination in voting.
We are in the midst of a poisonous attack on voting rights and democratic norms. Republican state legislators across the country are using baseless lies about last year’s election as the pretext to pass a whole new wave of voter suppression bills, the likes of which we have not seen since the Jim Crow era. It’s clear that these Republicans fear they cannot win fair elections when everyone has an equal say, so they are committed to manipulating our political system for their own partisan advantage.
With waves of anti-voter bills being considered or passed in state capitals, and the critical redistricting process underway, it’s time for the Senate to step up and act to protect voting rights. The Senate must pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, two absolutely necessary reforms to protect both the right to vote and our democracy.
Eric H. Holder, Jr.