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August 24, 2021

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby County v. Holder significantly undermined the Voting Rights Act (VRA), leaving many open to the same harmful practices that warranted its existence. Discriminatory policies have not only resurfaced in areas formerly covered by the VRA’s preclearance requirement, but also have proliferated nationwide. Since the Shelby ruling, States have introduced more than 400 state bills and enacted 30 laws that erect barriers to the ballot box for millions of Americans. State and local officials brazenly have imposed restrictive voting requirements, altered district boundaries, and shifted polling location, directly harming working families whose capacity to vote is already limited.

The John Lewis VRAA would address these disenfranchisement strategies, as well as others certain to develop. It will restore the essential portion of the VRA that blocks discriminatory voting policies before they go into effect, putting a transparent process in place for protecting everyone’s freedom to vote. It achieves this goal by establishing nationwide preclearance standards and by creating a new coverage formula for detecting repeated instances of voting rights violations in the previous 25 years.

This is Good for working people.

Vote result:

YEAs: 219 | NAYs: 212
Legislator Sort descending State District Party Vote
Rep. Alma Adams NC 12 Democrat Yes
Rep. Robert B. Aderholt AL 4 Republican No
Rep. Pete Aguilar CA 31 Democrat Yes
Rep. Rick Allen GA 12 Republican No
Rep. Colin Allred TX 32 Democrat Yes
Rep. Mark Amodei NV 2 Republican No
Rep. Kelly Armstrong ND 0 Republican No
Rep. Jodey Arrington TX 19 Republican No
Rep. Jake Auchincloss MA 4 Democrat Yes
Rep. Cynthia Axne IA 3 Democrat Yes
Rep. Brian Babin TX 36 Republican No
Rep. Don Bacon NE 2 Republican No
Rep. James Baird IN 4 Republican No
Rep. Troy Balderson OH 12 Republican No
Rep. Jim Banks IN 3 Republican No
Rep. Andy Barr KY 6 Republican No
Rep. Nanette Barragán CA 44 Democrat Yes
Rep. Karen Bass CA 37 Democrat Yes
Rep. Joyce Beatty OH 3 Democrat Yes
Rep. Cliff Bentz OR 2 Republican No