Cuellar Fighting to Restore Voting Rights

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Congressman votes for the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019

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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) fights to restore voting rights in the United States by voting for H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which restores the full strength of the Voting Rights Act, after the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder undermined the Act.

“The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy,” Congressman Cuellar said. “It is critical that we ensure every eligible American voter has the ability to have their voice heard at the ballot box. This legislation will restore the promises of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, uphold the integrity of our democracy, and increase transparency in our elections. As a member of Congress,  I am committed to protecting the integrity of our democracy by extending the right to vote for every American.  I want to thank Representative Terri Sewell and Senator Patrick Leahy for their leadership on this critical issue.”

Shelby County v. Holder and the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019

Since the Shelby decision, many states have implemented restrictive voter ID laws,  closed or consolidated voting places, and stripped early voting, among other measures. These measures have restricted millions of legal American citizens from voting because they cannot afford government issued identification, have limited access to transportation, or cannot take time off from their job to vote.

The Voting Rights Advancement Act would seek to amend the Supreme Court decision by developing a process by which states must clear election changes with the Department of Justice. It will also establish a nationwide, practice-based pre-clearance of known discriminatory practices, such as at-large districts, inadequate multilingual voting materials and cuts to polling places and times.

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