Why We Need the John Lewis VRA & The For the People Act

From “fraudits” in Arizona to bills so suppressive that Texas lawmakers were willing to flee the state to try to stop them, we have seen that GOP-controlled state legislatures will stop at nothing to roll back our freedom to vote. Why? Because they are afraid of a government made up of lawmakers that represent the people—all the people.

How can we stop them? There are two federal bills that have passed the House, but can’t pass the Senate unless our senators finally act to end the filibuster: The For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

The first, the For the People Act, would create national standards for voting and block existing barriers to the ballot box by requiring expanded early voting, automatic voter registration, same day registration—and more. The second, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, would stop future voter suppression bills from being implemented.

It’s hard to overstate the urgency of the attack on our voting rights. 18 states have passed 30 voter suppression bills that make it harder to cast a ballot. As always, these laws will disproportionately impact Black, brown, and other minority voters. We need sweeping federal action to combat what’s taking place all around the country.

All summer long we’ve kept up the drumbeat for voting rights—we can’t let that momentum flag now. That’s why we’re counting on you to send an email to your senators, urging them to do the right thing and end the filibuster to pass both of these bills ASAP.