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.
“After President Trump’s capitulation to Putin in Helsinki – our 2018 elections are in serious danger of further interference from Russia, said Congressman Veasey. Republicans have failed to put any measures into action to respond to Trump’s alliance with Putin.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, founder and co-chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, released the following statement after the Supreme Court voted to uphold Ohio's 'voter purge' decision.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, co-chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus (CVRC), renewed his pledge to ensure all Americans participate in our nation’s democracy by introducing H. Res.
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas – Congressman Marc Veasey, lead plaintiff in Veasey v. Abbott, released the following statement after U.S. District Judge Nelva Ramos ruled that the Texas voter ID law was enacted with the deliberate intent to discriminate against African American and Hispanic voters:
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, lead plaintiff in the lawsuit Veasey v. Abbott, released the following statement after the Department of Justice urged a federal court in Texas not to take further action on the Texas Voter ID case arguing that changes enacted by the Texas Legislature no longer discriminates against minority voters:
Washington, D.C. – In the wake of President Trump’s request from all 50 states to hand over voters’ sensitive information in his ongoing effort to dismantle the voting integrity of our nation, Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, introduced H.R.
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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.
WASHINGTON -- Texas’ voter identification law violates federal laws prohibiting electoral discrimination and must be amended before the November election, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.
WASHINGTON — Democrats and civil rights groups are calling on Congress to act on legislation to restore a key provision of the Voting Rights Act the Supreme Court eliminated three years ago.
As a young civil rights activist, Congressman John Lewis was brutally beaten marching for the right to vote in Selma, Alabama. Lewis's heroism spurred the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the country's most important civil rights law.
'Give Us the Ballot' author says the gutting of the Voting Rights Act could affect the 2016 election
In a small press room on the fourth floor of the Cannon House building, an oversized crowd heard Revs.
Tuesday marked the launch of the first Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. The caucus held a press conference outside the Capitol, led by Co-Chairs Representative Marc Veasey (TX-33) and Representative Terri Sewell (AL-7) announcing the formation of the caucus and the policy goals it hopes to advance.
The stakes, no matter who's argument you believe, are incredibly high. If you take the state of Texas' side, argued Tuesday in front of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, requiring specific, high-security photo identification from every voter in the state is essential to preventing widespread chaos and voter fraud, to keep the entire state from turning into Richard J. Daley's Chicago.
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.