Sarbanes Votes to Restore and Protect Voting Rights Across America For All Americans
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, a bill that would restore and protect voting rights across the country.
This historic legislation builds on the momentum of H.R. 1, the For the People Act – a once-in-a-generation transformational package of reforms to clean up corruption in Washington, expose secret foreign money in our politics, crack down on lobbyists, strengthen election security, return power back to the American people with citizen-owned elections and protect the right to vote. The Voting Rights Advancement Act fulfills the promise of H.R. 1’s findings section, which affirms Congress’ commitment to restore the Voting Rights Act, and honors the legacy of civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis.
“The American people should not face obstacles to exercise their right to vote,” said Congressman Sarbanes, who authored H.R. 1. “After the Supreme Court’s misguided decisions in Shelby vs. Holder — and more recently Brnovich vs. DNC — voter suppression efforts have ramped up in states across the country. These harmful measures deny many Americans the sacred right to vote.”
“This historic bill honors the legacy of its namesake, the late Congressman John Lewis, who devoted his life to securing the sacred right to vote for every American – and all those who sacrificed for this noble cause,” Sarbanes continued. “I want to thank Representative Terri Sewell, Speaker Pelosi and Chairs Lofgren, Nadler and Butterfield for their leadership to advance strong voter protections. I am committed to continuing this fight and bolstering the voice of the people.”