Stand Up for Voting Rights

In 2013, we observed the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, when 250,000 stood up and demanded the equal rights granted to all of us by our Constitution. The participants in that march 50 years ago took action—we must do the same today.

In states across the country, voting rights are under attack. Look at North Carolina, which recently enacted one of the strictest voting laws: The state's own board of elections says 64 percent of the women registered to vote in North Carolina lack the required ID—which means they may have problems voting in the next election. Our members of Congress can and should do something about these nonsensical state voting restrictions.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965, enacted in part because of the actions of the March on Washington participants, was supposed to stop states from passing these kinds of voting restrictions. But a recent Supreme Court decision has taken most of the "meat" out of the law, gutting the spirit but leaving the name.

That's why Congress needs to pass H.R. 3899/S. 1945, an amendment to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which would require key states that have demonstrated a history of voting discrimination to obtain preclearance prior to any voting changes.

Tell your members of Congress: Support H.R. 3899/S. 1945 so we can fix the Supreme Court decision. We must continue bipartisan support to protect voting rights nationwide.

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington was an historic one, and we can't let it pass us by. Thousands of people marched for voting rights 50 years ago – can you take two minutes to ask your members of Congress to protect those rights today?

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