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Natasha Mundkur, nmundkur@lawyerscommittee.org, (202) 780-4506

Press Release

Senate Introduces John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

WASHINGTON -

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act will revive the preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 invalidated by the disastrous Shelby v. Holder Supreme Court decision in 2013, restoring the Department of Justice’s ability to oversee changes to voting rights. The law will provide the Justice Department with renewed authority to block discriminatory voting changes and protect the rights of Black and Brown voters in the United States.

The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:   

“All rights in our democracy flow from the right to vote, which is tied to the promise of justice, freedom, and equality for all. After the Supreme Court gutted the preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the promises of democracy for communities of color, the elderly, and the young began to slip away. But with the introduction of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, protecting the right to vote is front and center. The bill is designed to ensure that communities of color secure their voice in our democracy and achieve equal representation in our government. We look forward to working with Congress to ensure that this becomes truly transformative legislation that will keep our nation committed to realizing its ideal of a fully inclusive democracy for years to come.”

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The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity – work that continues to be vital today.

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