One year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act, gutting the preclearance requirements of the Act. The Court’s main criticism of Section 4(b) was that its coverage formula, used to determine which states and local jurisdictions needed preclearance for voting changes per Section 5, was out of date. Fortunately, the Court invited Congress to step in and enact an updated coverage formula. An updated, modern coverage formula is necessary to allow the Voting Rights Act to continue to combat discrimination before a person’s rights are actually violated.
Congress’s approval ratings are at all-time record lows. Americans have lost faith in our elected officials. The public no longer believes that Congress can get past the partisan gridlock plaguing our nation and achieve anything of substance. However, members of Congress have been given an historic opportunity to redeem themselves in the eyes of the American people. They can prove that the system can still function, that they can come together across the aisle to make our democracy work for every citizen.
Gillibrand announced plans to introduce an online voter registration bill to allow citizens to register to vote on their “computers, smartphones, or tablets,” a policy that is gaining more bipartisan attention in recent years.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, as the Senate confirmed the appointment of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) sent Secretary Burwell a letter emphasizing the importance of properly incorporating voter registration services into the federal Exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (The letter may be read here.)
CREDO Mobile has offered Project Vote and our partner, Dēmos, an $80,000 matching grant in support of our work to enforce the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) in North Carolina.