Protect Your Voting Rights - Support Reauthortization of the Voting Rights Act
For the last forty years, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) has served to protect the voting rights of all Americans, and especially racial minorities. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Act to stop the voter disenfranchisement that had become commonplace in many parts of the country. Despite the passage of the 15th amendment in 1870, states were still able to disenfranchise minorities through poll taxes, literacy tests, and outright verbal and physical harassment.

The VRA was adopted to prevent this type of disenfranchisement. It designates certain areas of the country as under the protection of the U.S. Justice Department to ensure that voting rights are guaranteed there. These areas, mainly concentrated in southern states, must ask for “preclearance” before making any changes to electoral policies, such as polling hours, locations, registration requirements, or redistricting.

For more information, read a detailed analysis of the Voting Rights Act.

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Articles on the Voting Rights Act
September 11th 2007
D.C. vote threshold
The Washington Times

Influential African American Republicans, former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele and former Rep. J.C. Watts, endorse the D.C. Voting Rights Act.

July 24th 2007
Filibuster of D.C. Voting Rights Bill Unconscionable
Roll Call

Kathy Kemper urges opponents of the D.C. Voting Rights Act not to filibuster--a voting rights bill has not been filibustered since the dark days of segregation.

June 14th 2007
D.C. Vote Bill Wins Big in Senate Panel
The Washington Post

The DC House Voting Rights Act of 2007 passed a key Senate committee and now moves to the floor for a historic vote.

May 23rd 2007
What Congress can do for D.C. residents
The Politico

DC Voting Rights Act co-sponsor Rep. Tom Davis (R-Virginia) makes a compelling historical and constitutional argument in favor of full representation for DC residents.

May 15th 2007
Senators Hear Testimony on D.C. Voting Bill
The Washington Post

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs heard compelling bi-partisan testimony on the DC Voting Rights Act, which would give DC residents full representation in the House of Representatives for the first time in history.

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