Summary: To amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes.
“The bill would create a new coverage formula to determine which states and localities with repeated voting rights violations must pre-clear election changes with the Department of Justice. (Source: Press Release, Speaker of the House, February 26, 2019)
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the resolution on 2/26/19. “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.” (Source, Angie Craig Press Release, February 26, 2019)
STATUS: Introduced 2/26/19 by Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7].
- 12/0619: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 228 – 187 (Roll no. 654).
ORGANIZATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL:
Crum: The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019. (Source: Social Justice Matters, March 2, 2019)
- We “Filled the Room” to Support the Voting Rights Act on Capitol Hill. (Source: Tori Slatton, People for the American Way, February 27, 2019)