The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (otherwise known as House Resolution 4) is a federal bill that responds to the wave of voter suppression tactics enacted by states and localities – including North Carolina – since the gutting of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.
H.R. 4 restores and modernizes the Voting Rights Act by requiring states and jurisdictions with a recent history of voter suppression to gain Federal approval before changing their voting laws. The bill also requires every state in the nation to gain Federal approval before enacting voting policies that disproportionately affect communities of color.
This bill restores the full power of the 1965 Voting Rights Act by:
1) Requiring any state or jurisdiction that has repeatedly violated voting rights in the recent past to gain Federal approval before changing their voting laws.
2) Requiring every state to gain Federal approval before enacting voting policies that disproportionately affect communities of color.
The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would also:
Whatever our race, background or zip code, in America we value our freedom. Congress passed the Voting Rights Act to protect our freedom to vote and ensure that attempts to create discriminatory barriers to voting were formally reviewed. But in 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court took us backwards by making it even more difficult for voters to challenge discriminatory voting laws in the future. And now the same faction who have been spreading lies about our election, passing anti-voter bills at the state level, and who have blocked an investigation into a deadly attack on our Capitol are trying to use the same loophole to block legislation that the majority of Americans across the political spectrum have demanded to protect our freedom to vote.
This is a turning point for our nation. Our leaders must exercise their majority, eliminate the filibuster, and pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to create national standards to ensure that we can safely and freely cast our ballots and have a say in the jobs and health care we have access to, the roads we drive on, and the education our kids receive.