Restore the Voting Rights Act

  • Restore the federal “pre-clearance” requirement: In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down the Voting Rights Act of 1965, arguing that “the conditions that originally justified these measures no longer characterize voting in the covered jurisdictions.” As our report has shown, these conditions still prevail, and the requirements of the Voting Rights Act, including federal government oversight of jurisdictions with a recent or previous history of racial discrimination, need to be reestablished.
     
  • Expand the Act to cover jurisdictions with a history of voter suppression: A new voting rights act should include federal government oversight of jurisdictions with a recent or previous history of proven voter suppression. These jurisdictions should not be permitted to change their electoral regulations without federal government approval.