WASHINGTON, D.C. -- This week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House introduced H.R. 3899, the Voting Rights Amendment Act.
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:
"It is vitally important that members of both parties in Congress are acting to secure one of the most fundamental of all American principles by focusing on updating the Voting Rights Act. This well-intentioned bill to do that is a start, but we share the concerns of our partners and allies at the NAACP that some aspects of this legislation fall short of protecting the voice of every American at the ballot box.
Today, a federal judge acted to block an assault on the right to vote in Pennsylvania -- but similar attacks are prevalent nationwide. That is why it is critical that this legislation be updated to remove the exception for Voter ID laws and strengthen preclearance provisions that prevent these violations from happening in the first place.
Fair and equitable access to the polls ensures every American can use their voice to fight to protect our communities and our planet. We are eager to work with our partners in the Democracy Initiative to ensure these important changes are made and to guarantee the update of the Voting Rights Act is fully effective.”
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