Rep. Veasey Leads National Voting Rights Discussion

Apr 4, 2019
Press Release
Panel Addressed Voter Suppression Tactics and How to Overcome GOP’s Targeted Attacks To Limit Voter Participation in 2020.

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Veasey, the founder and co-chair of the Voting Rights Caucus, hosted a voting rights panel discussion on five persistent Republican voter suppression tactics. The conversation included Rep. Marc Veasey, Rep. John Sarbanes, and leading national voting rights organizations. The panel discussion, moderated by Congressman John Lewis’ policy advisor, Andrew Aydin, addressed voter suppression tactics, such as: voter purges, blocking automatic voter registration, voter intimidation, outdated voter infrastructure, and restrictive voter ID laws. The panelists and speakers discussed how Democrats can mobilize against an oppressive culture of voter suppression, overturn racist laws, and make sure every American is registered to vote. 



“As a direct result of Democrats’ success in 2018, Republicans are working even harder to limit certain Americans’ participation in 2020,” said Rep. Veasey. “They are reviving extreme identification requirements and purging voter rolls in state legislatures across the country. Democrats are fighting back and winning, but if we don’t lead federal and local action, we run the real risk of backsliding into voting restrictions that resemble the Jim Crow era. That’s why I hosted a conversation with leading voices across the country to discuss how to defeat targeted attacks that seek to suppress the vote and marginalize communities of color.”

“The new Democratic House Majority is working tirelessly to ensure that every person enjoys their full, equal right to be heard at the ballot box,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  “As the co-founder of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, Congressman Veasey’s leadership and vision have been instrumental in advancing Democrats’ For The People agenda, and in our fight to combat the brazen, partisan attacks on Americans’ sacred right to vote.  Congressman Veasey and our distinguished Democratic colleagues are to be commended for engaging in this critical conversation today, and for reaffirming our commitment to ensuring that every Americans’ vote is counted and every voice is heard.”

"Let America Vote is excited to be joining voting rights champions like Rep. Veasey, Rep. Terri Sewell, and Rep. John Sarbanes, as well as other organizations helping to lead this fight, to talk about how important it is that we take action to end voter suppression," said Porsha White, National Political Director of Let America Vote. "Young people, communities of color, seniors, poor people, and those who live in rural areas have been targeted by voter suppression efforts for far too long. We're excited to see the conversation happening about ways we can prevent voter suppression as we get closer to the 2020 elections and the census." 

“With H.R. 1, House Democrats took a historic step forward to strengthen voting rights,” said Rep. Sarbanes. “But we have much more work to do in order to successfully clear a path to the ballot box and beat back the increasing number of voter suppression tactics that we’ve seen across the country – efforts that predominantly target communities of color. Today’s discussion served as an important moment to renew our resolve and reinforce our commitment to voting rights. I want to thank Congressman Veasey for hosting this important conversation and for his leadership on this consequential issue.”

 “The voter suppression we saw in the 2018 mid-term elections made it clear just how urgent it is that we protect voting rights,” said Rep. Sewell. “Discussions like those we had today are critically important in highlighting the voter suppression tactics that are alive and well today across the United States, and how we can work together to make sure that every American can make their voice heard at the ballot box.”