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Cárdenas Calls on GOP to Restore the Voting Rights Act

Aug 6, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas today marked the 51st anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) by calling on Republican Leadership in Congress to allow a vote on bipartisan legislation to restore the VRA. Three years ago, in Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court invalidated a key component of the VRA that prevented discrimination before it occurred.  Since then, new restrictions have been put in place in 22 states, making it harder for millions of Americans to vote.

“When people vote, it doesn’t matter how much money a person has or what their background is, their voice is just as important as the person standing next to them,” said Rep. Cárdenas.  “Voting is the one and only place where U.S. citizens, men and women alike, are on an equal playing field. Voting is the single most important right one can have as a citizen of the United States.”

“On this 51st anniversary of the VRA, it is crucial that we take a moment to ensure that every state and every district has the proper legislation in place to ensure that all American citizens, regardless of their race or religion, receive their constitutional right. Congress has an obligation and a responsibility to address this issue and to restore and strengthen our democracy. We can achieve this by allowing a vote this Congress on the bipartisan Voting Rights Advancement Act.”

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