The Supreme Court gutted the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act twice. First, in their 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder, they stripped away the preclearance provision that protected voting rights in states with a history of voter suppression. Then this summer, in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, Justice Alito issued a majority opinion undermining another key provision of the landmark voting rights law and making it more difficult for voters of color to prove discrimination.

“What is tragic here,” Justice Elena Kagan wrote in her dissent, “is that the court has (yet again) rewritten — in order to weaken — a statute that stands as a monument to America’s greatness and protects against its basest impulses. What is tragic is that the court has damaged a statute designed to bring about ‘the end of discrimination in voting.’”

If this right-wing Supreme Court has its way, they’ll wipe out voting rights protections for good. We can’t let that happen.Urge the Senate to pass voting rights legislation to counter the Court’s assault on our democracy.

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R.4), recently passed in the House, strengthens the freedom to vote by restoring the provisions the Supreme Court has attacked. With preclearance restored, federal oversight can prevent changes to voting laws that disproportionately affect communities of color and block the flood of Republican voter suppression bills being introduced across the country since the 2020 election.

Passing H.R.4 is an important step towards creating national voting standards ensuring that our voices are heard equally at the ballot box, no matter who we are or where we live.

Sign the petition: Demand that the Senate pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R.4).


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