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
January 28th 2009
Hoyer Says He Will Soon Bring Bill to House Floor
The Washington Post

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer vows to bring the DC House Voting Rights Act to the floor "in the very near future."

January 25th 2009
Uphold the Voting Rights Act
The New York Times

A New York Times editorial urges the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

January 17th 2009
D.C. Voting Rights Bill Set for Hearing
The Washington Post

The House Judiciary Committee is set to hear testimony on the DC House Voting Rights Act (H.157) on Tuesday, January 27.

July 1st 2008
America Needs Electoral Reform
The Nation

The Editor of the nation calls for a National Popular Vote, a constitutional right to vote and election day registration, among other reforms.

September 12th 2007
A Vote the District Deserves

The co-sponsors of the D.C. Voting Rights Act of 2007 defend the constitutionality of giving D.C. residents full voting rights and fair representation in the people's house.

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