Voting is a critical right and tool of US citizens
As the late John Lewis said, the vote is "the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy."
Voter suppression often targets people of color and may look like reducing the number of polling locations, purging voter rolls, and more.
A 2013 Supreme Court case gutted the original Voting Rights Act of 1965
The Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which identified states with a history of voter suppression and required them to get federal approval for voting law changes.
Section 4 was struck down by the reasoning that the formula for identifying states was out of date, even though the need for federal oversight still existed.
The new Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore federal oversight and create a new formula for identifying states with significant voter suppression.
Contacting legislators works
Senators' and representatives' staff members are required to tally opinions from constituents.
Senators and representatives care about their constituents' opinions because their jobs depend on their constituents reelecting them.
If your Congress members are already planning to vote the way you want, contacting them provides them with useful data & stories to make their point.
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