The current climate
The present conditions of voter suppression across the country involve obstacles to registration, reduction in early voting, and strict voting identity requirements. Recently, the focus has been placed on the Texas Legislature for the Republican effort to change voting laws and uphold voter suppression, claiming that it is an effort to combat voter suppression. This move has prompted democratic lawmakers to flee the state in an effort to delay the passing of the bill.
The case in Texas is not isolated, as the GOP push for restrictive voting laws has been seen in 17 other states around the country, where laws have been passed that limit access to voting.
What is being done
There have been various calls by democratic legislatures for Congress to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which seek to expand and protect voting rights.
- For the People Act: Proposed bill that would expand voting rights, change campaign finance laws, limit partisan gerrymandering, and create rules for federal office holders.
- John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act: Proposed bill that would restore and strengthen parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibits racial discrimination in voting practices.
How to get involved
There are various events that you can attend, both remotely and in-person, to get involved in the push to elevate voting rights around the country. Find events on Mobilize, and join the national effort.
The Democratic Action Marin is hosting a virtual phone bank to call voters in states with Democratic Senators who are reluctant to reform the filibuster in order to pass the For the People Voting Rights Act. Join the effort to get this legislation passed!
Join the Michigan Democratic Party for virtual training for volunteers that are willing to assist voters and answer questions, as the state’s primary and general elections approach.
Volunteers for John Lewis Mobilization will be hosting a happy hour in New York City to celebrate and discuss democracy and Jon Lewis’ legacy.
Join the John Lewis Mobilization volunteer organized candlelight vigil in Acton, MA. This event will mark the anniversary of John Lewis’ death and honor his legacy.