The House of Representative passed the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4) and it is time for the Senate to follow suit. Act now to urge your Senators to pass this critical legislation, which would help restore and protect the freedom to vote, particularly for people of color across the nation. Make your voice heard.
Write to your Senators to urge them to protect voting rights.
The bedrock of our democracy is the freedom to cast a ballot and have that ballot counted. However, the systematic disenfranchisement of key segments of the voting population challenges the integrity of the elections process and undermines our democracy.
In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down a critical 1965 Voting Rights Act provision that required states with a history of disenfranchising voters to obtain Department of Justice preclearance before changing voting laws or procedures. Since this ruling, many states have enacted – and are continuing to propose – laws that suppress the vote, targeting low-income communities and communities of color. As of July 2021, state lawmakers have introduced more than 400 bills and enacted 30 laws that create barriers to the freedom to vote in 48 states.
Achieving a government that is responsive to the needs and aspirations of all its people is possible only through maximum citizen participation in the electoral process. This is both a civil rights and a racial justice issue – and a Jewish concern to its core.
As an historic civil rights organization, JCPA has actively supported voting rights and worked to maximize voter enfranchisement since its founding in 1944. JCPA’s history includes extensive educational, legal, and legislative campaigns for voting rights alongside partners in the Black community, and we continue that legacy today, including through the recent passage of resolutions on Expanding Voter Access (2021) and Voting Rights and Elections During a Public Health Crisis (2020). JCPA resolutions are voted on by our 125 JCRCs and 16 national Jewish organizations, including the four streams of Judaism (Orthodox, Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative).
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