NAACP Applauds Senate Hearing on Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)  -- The NAACP released the following statement commending the US Senate for holding a hearing on the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA), introduced by Senator Leahy, and starting the legislative process on an issue that is the hallmark of a true democracy. The VRAA was introduced in the US House of Representatives by Rep. Sensenbrenner and a bipartisan group of members in January and enjoys strong support from the civil rights community. The day of the Senate hearing will occur on June 25th, exactly one year since the Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act in the Shelby County v. Holder decision, which removed key protections for voters across the nation.

Lorraine C. Miller, NAACP Interim President & CEO:

“We applaud the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for scheduling a hearing on the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 and we implore the U.S. House of Representatives, particularly the House Judiciary Committee, to follow suit and schedule a hearing quickly on this necessary bipartisan legislation. As the U.S. midterm elections approach, the basic right to vote is in jeopardy.  The Congress must act now so that all citizens have the right to be heard and have their votes counted. We urgently call for Congress to strengthen and pass the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, as the risk of voter disenfranchisement is too great for our country’s democracy.”

Jotaka L. Eaddy, Sr. Director, Voting Rights and Senior Advisor to President & CEO:

“We are encouraged that the U.S. Senate has decided to hold a hearing aimed at fixing the Voting Rights Act and preserving our basic rights.  We are hopeful that the Senate hearing will lift up the current challenges voters – particularly African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, the elderly, youth and low-income citizens -- face across the country and demonstrate the continuing need for a modern, effective Voting Rights Act. The right to vote is the most fundamental right of our democracy, and we urge both Houses of Congress to act before the November election in order to ensure all voters have unfettered access to the ballot box.”

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