WASHINGTON - Today marks 56 years since the enactment of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). The VRA is a critical piece of legislation that fights against voter suppression by abolishing discriminatory voting practices and requires federal oversight of election changes in states with a history of voter discrimination.
WASHINGTON – The co-chairs of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus issued the following statement in response to President Joe Biden’s speech on voting rights today.
WASHINGTON – Just days before the 8th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Shelby v. Holder decision, the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus announced that Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) will serve as co-chair of the Caucus.
WASHINGTON - Today, Reps. Marc Veasey (TX-33) Terri Sewell (AL-07) and Bobby Scott (VA-03), co-founders and co-chairs of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus (CVRC), released the following statement condemning the recent spate of voter suppression laws designed to undermine communities of color of their right to the ballot box:
Washington, D.C. – On the heels of National Voter Registration Day, Congressman Veasey today led a letter with the entire Texas Democratic Delegation in demanding information about the state of Texas’ efforts to address any vulnerabilities in the state’s election infrastructure and general administration in advance of the 2020 election cycle.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, reintroduced a bicameral resolution with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) to designate this month as “National Voting Rights Month”.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33), founding co-chair of the Voting Rights Caucus, released the following statement after a panel of federal judges ruled to deny the requests of voters of color, civil rights groups and Democratic lawmakers to put Texas back under federal supervision of its redistricting:
Voting is an integral part of our democracy. Elections are the means by which Americans choose their elected leaders and what they want from their government. But today, the right to vote is increasingly under siege.
In 2011, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) set the House floor ablaze with a speech addressing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), and Republican legislatures across the country. He declared that voting rights are under attack in America. We should have listened to him.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX), founder of the Voting Rights Caucus, and current co-chair, introduced a bicameral Resolution with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) to designate September as “National Voting Rights Month”. The resolution will encourage voter registration in the month of September, and push Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
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An Iowa judge has upheld voter ID as allowable under the Iowa Constitution but struck down as unconstitutional portions of a 2017 voting reform law challenged by a Hispanic civil rights group and an Iowa State University student.
Georgia announced in July that it had chosen a new method of conducting elections after a contentious 2018 gubernatorial election left voting rights activists questioning the integrity of the state’s voting system.
A state purge removed 182,858 names from Ohio’s voter registration rolls, a number that will grow because data from five counties — including metropolitan Summit, Cuyahoga and Lucas — were not included.
For the third straight year, elite hackers from around the world who spent a long weekend hacking into voting equipment have released a report detailing vulnerabilities in machines still in use across the country.
Senators thawed a long-frozen dispute over election security this week with an agreement to provide more funding ahead of Election Day next year — but not as much as some Democrats and outside activists say is necessary. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., agreed to add $250 million for election security after having held up earlier legislation.
Nearly 1,700 voting precincts in 13 states have been shut down since 2012, many in black or Latino communities, after a landmark court decision that removed federal oversight of local voting practices, according to a new report.
A panel of federal judges in San Antonio has ruled that the Republican-controlled Legislature used racial gerrymandering to discriminate against black and Hispanic voters when boundaries were drawn for congressional districts in 2011.
Unnerved by progressive voting policies and by the numbers of black, Latino, and young voters streaming into the electorate, Republican state lawmakers across the country have moved to suppress the franchise to maintain GOP political dominance. The strategy is simple: Turn voting into a bureaucratic nightmare by eliminating popular timesavers such as same-day registration and early voting.
WASHINGTON - Millions of voters around the country file absentee ballots via mail, paying small sums of money to send their completed forms to the local election office.
U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, a Democrat from Fort Worth, wants to make it free to cast an absentee ballot, likening the small amount of money to pay for a stamp to poll taxes that were once levied throughout the South.
A federal appeals court invalidated the Texas voter ID law this week. The controversial law is one of the strictest in the country, requiring voters to show one of seven forms of identification before casting their ballot. Despite the victory in court, the man who filed the lawsuit -- "Veasey v. Abbott" -- is cautious.
To find more photos from the June 23rd Press Conference calling for action on updating voting rights legislation on the 3rd anniversary of the Shelby v. Holder Supreme Court decision, please click here: Photos
To view photos from the Launch of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, please visit the following Flickr album: Photos
Watch as Congressman Veasey, Speaker Pelosi, Stacey Abrams, and other leading voices in our country explain the importance of H.R.1. We have a massive voting problem in America. H.R.1 is Democrats’ promise to the American public to create real lasting voting reform, to eliminate discriminatory voting laws, and restore confidence that every ballot cast is a ballot counted.
Watch as Congressman Veasey, Senator Booker, Jason Kander of Let America Vote and others explain why it's important to get registered and exercise your right to #VOTE. Rep.
On Sunday, August 16, 2015, Congressman Veasey joined Lone Star Politics on NBC 5 to discuss the recent TX Voter photo ID ruling, the remaining obstacles to better voter participation in TX, and his recent August town hall meetings.