Wednesday, January 19, 2022

House passes John Lewis bill to strengthen voting rights

by Alex Rogers | CNN

The House passed a bill Tuesday that would give the federal government and racial minorities the power to block or challenge election rules they find discriminatory.

Democrats named the law the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act after civil rights symbol and longtime Georgia congressman who died last year.

“John knew the fight for justice never really ends,” tweeted Democratic Representative Terry Sewell of Alabama. “Each generation must fight and fight again to maintain and advance the progress of the past. Now it is our turn.”

The bill would restore an aspect of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which allowed the Justice Department to block those with a history of voter discrimination from changing their voting rules following the Supreme Court’s ruling of conservative justices in Shelby County v. . The formula used was out of date. Attorney General Merrick Garland recently wrote in The Washington Post that the “pre-expulsion” provision of the Voting Rights Act was “extremely effective” and caused “thousands of discriminatory voting changes that have affected the voting rights of millions of citizens in jurisdictions large and small.” rights were curtailed.”

The bill also responds to the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision this year in Branovich v. Democratic National Committee, which limited the ability of minorities to challenge state laws, which they say are a part of the Voting Rights Act. are discriminatory under a separate section.

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