ACTION ALERT: WHAT ACTION CAN YOU TAKE?

ACTION ALERT: WHAT ACTION CAN YOU TAKE?

by October 5, 2015

Urge Congress to Immediately Pass the Bipartisan Voting Rights Advancement Act to Repair, Restore, & Strengthen the 1965 VRA

Contact your Representative and both Senator Burr and Senator Tillis and urge them to support the repair, restoration, and strengthening of the Voting Rights Act.  Urge them to support S. 1659 / H.R. 2867.

Click HERE for more information on what to tell your Senators and Representative.

To contact Senator Burr, Senator Tillis and your Representative, you may:

Make a Phone Call:

Call your Senators and your Representative in Washington by dialing the Capitol Switchboard and asking to be transferred to your Senators’/Congressman’s offices.  The switchboard phone number is (202) 224-3121.

Send an E-Mail:

Click HERE to email Senator Richard Burr. Click HERE to email Senator Thom Tillis.

To send an e-mail to your Representative, go to www.house.gov, and click on “Write Your Representative” (on the left hand side, just under “find your Representative).  This will help you identify who your congressman is and how to contact him/her.

Write a Letter or Send a Fax:

Click HERE for a sample message to send or fax to your Senators and Representative. You can find their fax numbers by calling their offices using the Capitol switchboard.


THE ISSUE

The right to vote is one of the most valuable, and many would argue even sacred constitutional rights granted to most Americans. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) was enacted to insure that those Constitution 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, no one, including federal, state or local government may in any way impede people from registering to vote or voting because of their race or ethnicity.  Most provisions in the VRA, and specifically the portions that guarantee that no one may be denied the right to vote because of his or her race or color, are permanent.

Section 5 of the VRA requires certain states or jurisdictions, which have an established history of laws or policies which result in the disenfranchisement of a group of racial or ethnic minority voters to obtain advance approval or “preclearance” from the US Department of Justice or the US District Court in D.C. before they can make any changes to voting practices or procedures.  Examples of these changes include any change in the date, time, place, or manner under which an election is held.  Federal approval is to be given as soon as the state or jurisdiction proves that the proposed change would not abridge the right to vote on account of race or color.

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