Veasey Introduces Resolution and Bill to Protect the Right to Vote
Washington, D.C. – Just weeks away from one of the most important general elections of our time, Congressman Marc Veasey introduced two pieces of legislation, a resolution Expressing the Support for the Passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 and the All Ballots Count Act of 2016, to preserve the right to vote and to dismantle barriers that prevent some Americans from participating in our nation’s democracy.
Three years have passed since the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Shelby v. Holder which invalidated key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, leaving it up to Congress to restore the invalidated sections. Immediately after the ruling, Texas enacted one of the strictest voter ID laws in the nation and 33 states changed their requirements to vote in ways that discriminated against minorities, the disabled, and the elderly.
Veasey’s bill, H.R. 6194, the All Ballots Count Act of 2016, would prohibit the enforcement of any photo identification requirement put in place before the Supreme Court charged Congress with fixing the Voting Rights Act. As the lead plaintiff in Veasey v. Abbott, Congressman Veasey took on the 2013 Texas voter ID law which was struck down by one of the most conservative courts in the country. Last week, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an appeal to the Supreme Court in an effort to restore the state’s voter ID law.
In 2015, Congresswoman Sewell introduced H.R. 2867, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 to restore preclearance for 14 states that have a history of discrimination over the last 25 years. Since its introduction, House Republicans have failed to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. Veasey’s resolution, H. Con. Res. 164, Expressing the Support for the Passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015, calls on House Republicans to stop delaying a fix to the Voting Rights Act.
“Until the Voting Rights Act is fully restored, we must take measures to protect the millions of Americans negatively affected by new discriminatory voter ID laws,” said Congressman Veasey. “In 2016, we should be making it easier for citizens to vote, not harder. I will continue the fight to ensure all Americans have unfettered access to the ballot box and a voice in deciding the future of our nation.”
On May 24, 2016, Veasey launched the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus (CVRC) to safeguard the right to vote. In addition, Veasey has introduced the Poll Tax Prohibition and recently introduced a resolution designating the month of September as “National Voting Rights Month” to highlight the importance of participating in our nation’s democracy.