Voting Rights

In 2013, the US Supreme Court in Shelby v. Holder undermined and emasculated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by voiding the preclearance requirements that mandated that the Justice Department authorize new laws affecting voting in any state that had a history of discriminatory voting practices. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act restores the preclearance requirements. I support the John Lewis bill.

Voting Rights

There is nothing more sacred than an individual’s right to vote. As evidenced by the Supreme Court’s hollowing out of the Voting Rights Act and various states’ efforts to suppress the vote, Democracy is in grave danger.

Discriminatory Voting Restrictions: In 2013, the US Supreme Court in Shelby v. Holder undermined and emasculated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by voiding the preclearance requirements that mandated that the Justice Department authorize new laws affecting voting in any state that had a history of discriminatory voting practices. Since that time, and most notably in the last two years, red states have been engaged in an organized, premeditated attack on voting rights employing discriminatory practices, many of which would have been prevented by the preclearance provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The John Lewis bill restores the preclearance requirements. I support the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

The Electoral Process: In 1887, Congress authorized rules for how presidential electors’ votes are counted. There is sufficient ambiguity in the language that creates real concern about future elections. I support the Electoral Count Act in order to clarify the process and protect it from malfeasance and bad actors. 


Comprehensive Voting Reform: The Freedom To Vote Act is an omnibus voting rights bill that according to the Brennan Center for Justice: Expands opportunities to vote; thwarts voter suppression; prevents election sabotage; provides redistricting reform; modernizes voter registration; institutes campaign finance reform; and promotes election security. I support the Freedom To Vote Act.