Congresswoman Angie Craig Cosponsors Voting Rights Advancement

February 26, 2019
Press Release
Bill would enact voter protections in states with recent history of voter discrimination

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig (MN-02) joined her colleagues in cosponsoring the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA), legislation that restores voting protections in states with a recent history of discrimination.

Four years after the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act, the VRAA addresses a wave of voter ID laws, racial gerrymandering, and other voter suppression tactics enacted at the state level.

“I’m cosponsoring the Voting Rights Advancement Act because I believe that the right to vote is one of the most fundamental elements of our democracy,” said Rep. Craig. “We cannot silence any voices in our electorate. Our nation will cease to be a democracy if we limit access to voting.”

The VRAA seeks to restore full protections to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by reinstating the legislative enforcement arm, specifically, the bill will take into account the Shelby ruling and update the VRA pre-clearance provision to focus on states with a recent history of discrimination.

For areas to qualify for judicial pre-clearance, they must have the following qualifications:

  • States with a history of 15 or more violations at any level in the previous 25 years
  • States with a history of 10 or more violations, if one violation occurs at the state level in the previous 25 years
  • Subdivisions with 3 or more violations in the subdivision in the previous 25 years

Should the VRAA become law, 11 current states will require the Justice Department to pre-clear changes to state voting laws: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

 

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