S1, the For the People Act is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enact common-sense national minimum voting standards to stop voter suppression in its tracks and ensure that you can vote in the way that works best for you and your family, regardless of your age, job, race, or zip code.
That’s why a majority of Americans from red, blue, and purple states alike support the For the People Act.
HR4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore and strengthen the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) to protect voters of color from discriminatory voting laws.
In its 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court eviscerated the VRA’s federal preclearance provisions, which required certain places with a history of voting discrimination to “preclear” (review) any changes to their elections with the federal government to ensure they would not disenfranchise people of color.
– Update the process to determine which states must preclear voting changes
– Restore federal preclearance in places with a history of discrimination
– Require all states to preclear certain voting changes that are known to be discriminatory
Help Texas’ voting and civil rights organizations prepare for Gov. Abbott’s upcoming Anti-Voting Special Session. After successfully blocking one of the worst voter suppression bills in the nation, the Texas Repulbican Party is attempting to attack the freedom to vote again this year.
The freedom to vote is under attack in 48 out of 50 states. Join the charge to protect voting rights in your community!
Click on your state to learn how to take action today. Don’t see your state on the list? We need your support at the Federal level.
Congress has the opportunity to pass two crucial bills that would safeguard our freedom to vote and protect underserved communities from further attacks: the For The People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
On May 11, Gov. Ducey signed:
SB 1485, which will purge the highly-popular Permanent Early Vote List. Advocates estimate this could purge up to 125,000 voters—including 30,000 Latino voters.
But thanks to your calls to the legislature, SB 1713 was defeated in a bipartisan vote on May 26!
SB 1713 would have forced Arizona voters to include personal information on their ballot envelopes, exposing them to unnecessary risk of identity theft and making it harder for people to vote by mail. These new burdens will disproportionately jeopardize voters of color, Native voters, senior voters, low-income voters, disabled voters, and military voters. Seniors are most likely to be among the 60,000+ registered voters who lack a driver’s license number on their voter registration; 1 in 5 people over 70 lacks a driver’s license. The bill does not appropriate funds to help these voters obtain the required identification.
There’s still work to do! The Arizona legislature is still considering:
SB 1241, which would refer all mail ballots rejected for signature problems to the Attorney General for possible prosecution. This is a disproportionate intimidation tactic that targets elderly, disabled, younger voters and voters of color—all of whom are the most likely to have their signatures rejected at higher rates.
SB 1106, which would create new ways to remove eligible voters from the rolls–including eliminating the requirement that counties take steps to contact the voter at their new residence when mail is returned as undeliverable. Instead, they would automatically be removed from the registration list. This bill also makes it a felony to forward a ballot to the voter, including family members forwarding ballots to students.
Call Governor Ducey at 602-542-4331 and tell him to veto all anti-voter bills if they’re sent to his desk.
Call 877-406-6303 to tell your State House Representative to vote NO on SB 1241 and SB 1106.
Senator Mark Kelly: 202-224-2235
Senator Kyrsten Sinema: 202-224-4521
“Georgia Republicans’ shameful efforts to suppress the vote and seize electoral power through SB 202 demonstrate how critical the fight for voting rights remains. Every business, political, and civic leader must stand up and make their opposition to these desperate anti-democratic laws clear. At a time when Georgia ranks as the worst state for COVID vaccination rates, Georgia Republicans instead are singularly focused on reviving Georgia’s dark past of racist voting laws. And as the FBI continue to round up seditionists who spilled blood to defend a lie about our elections, Republican state leaders willfully undermine democracy by giving themselves authority to overturn results they do not like. Now, more than ever, Americans must demand federal action to protect voting rights as we continue to fight against these blatantly unconstitutional efforts that are nothing less than Jim Crow 2.0.”
What’s in the Georgia voter suppression bill, SB 202?
The tremendous activism and push back made this bill less harmful than it was at the beginning, but this bill is largely focused on intimidation and election administration power, and it creates processes to disrupt local control and certification.
Suppressive new policies:
Sen. Jon Ossoff: (202) 224-3521
Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock: (202) 224-3643
On May 7, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 90 into law.
This law will:
Sen. Marco Rubio: (202) 224-304
Sen. Rick Scott: (202) 224-5274
The Michigan GOP has introduced a package of 39 voter suppression bills that would restrict Michiganders’ freedom to vote, including:
Other anti-voter bills include:
Senator Gary Peters: 202-224-6221
Senator Debbie Stabenow: 202-224-4822
Thanks to your advocacy, HB 429—which would have revoked college IDs as a valid form of identification at the polls in addition to requiring that colleges offer in-state tuition to students who vote in NH—was defeated, and many other bills were retained for later consideration. It’s now all hands on deck to defeat this anti-voter bill:
The following bills, which were retained in committee, could be picked up at a later date:
Click here to sign up for a phonebank to make sure our Senators know voting rights are important to NH voters!
Send the link to others to join you!
Sen. Maggie Hassan: (202) 224-3324
Sen. Jean Shaheen: (202) 224-2841
The Ohio Legislature is considering an omnibus voting bill, HB 294, which would:
For more, go to https://ohioantivoterbill.com/
In your email, make sure to identify yourself with your ZIP code and tell them to vote NO on HB 294
Call and tell them to prioritize the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Sen. Sherrod Brown: (202) 224-2315
Sen. Rob Portman: (202) 224-3353
Your advocacy is working! State senators in North Carolina have had to postpone bringing a wide-ranging anti-voter bill forward known as SB 326. This bill includes multiple parts:
Additional bills the Legislature is considering include:
HB 766, which will make soliciting/accepting private money for election administration a Class I felony.
HB 782, which will:
HB 606, which requires that General Assembly leaders give permission for any litigation against state laws written by the legislature. This bill is in response to last year’s settlement that extended the deadline for local election boards to receive mail ballots.
Sen. Richard Burr: (202) 224-3154
Sen. Thom Tillis: (202) 224-6342
You did it! Your calls, social media posts, and community organizing stopped the unified Republican government from passing one of the worst anti-voter bills proposed in the Texas State Legislature. House Democrats courageously walked out, blocking SB 7, which would have threatened voters’ freedom to cast a ballot, criminalized pro-voter policies that our brave election officials utilized in 2020 to help voters vote safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and caved to conspiracy theorists by making it easier to overturn an election.
Governor Abbott has promised to call a special session where the legislature will reconsider anti-voter bills. And we are ready to win again!
While SB 7 was defeated, several standalone bills that share provisions from version of SB 7 are eligible for enactment by the Governor.
Statement from Texas Civil Rights Project President, Mimi Marziani:
“Late Sunday night — the evening before the final day of the Texas Legislative Session — Republicans attempted to rush a final vote on SB 7 after days of closed-door dealings. Democrats in the legislature ultimately broke quorum by leaving the Capital and convening at a nearby church — killing the bill just before the midnight deadline. While we applaud the courage of Texas Democrats, this extraordinary victory did not happen on its own. It was the culmination of months of on-the-ground organizing — including by TCRP and our allies at Texas Freedom Network, MOVE Texas, Texas Organizing Project, Texas Right to Vote, Black Voters Matter and more — which led to a groundswell of opposition against SB 7, including business executives, faith leaders, community organizers, local elected officials and thousands and thousands of everyday Texans.
Now, in the full light of day, authors of the bill are struggling to defend its racist provisions — going so far as to claim (for the first time) that massive changes were typos, like the last-minute addition to the bill which banned voting on Sundays before 1 PM. We know the truth: That provision was a transparent effort to undermine “souls to the polls,” a tradition in the Black community in which voters are encouraged to cast their ballot after attending church service.
The fight, however, is not over. Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) immediately said the legislation would be added to a special session of the legislature. It’s unclear right now when such a session will occur, but when it does, we’ll be ready.”
Ask your U.S. Senators to vote YES on the For the People Act.
Senator John Cornyn: 202-224-2934
Senator Ted Cruz: 202-224-5922
Texas Civil Rights Project:
There are more ways to get involved. Please consider making a donation to the following organizations fighting for voting rights in Georgia and across the country:
Center for New Data
Center for Secure and Modern Elections
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Marc Elias’ Democracy Docket
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Southern Poverty Law Center
Voter Protection Project
ACLU of GA
The Frontline of Working Families Party
Movement for Black Lives
New Georgia Project
Black Voters Matter
Coalition for the People’s Agenda
Contribute: https://www.thepeoplesagenda.org/ (click on donate button on the home page)
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