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Letter: Congress should strengthen the Voting Rights Act

Published: Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 7:01 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

This month we celebrate the 49th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the historic civil rights legislation to protect against discrimination in voting. Just over a year ago, however, key components of the VRA were gutted by a decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. Although a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced HR3899, the Voting Rights Amendment Act, at the beginning of the year, we are still waiting for Congress to finish what it started. 

The VRAA is a workable, common-sense solution that would modernize the elections process and protect voting rights against discrimination. Without a strong Voting Rights Act, our ability to fight off anti-voter legislation and keep our elections free, fair and accessible is significantly weakened. 

Voters must be loud and clear that the right to vote is fundamental to our democracy. We call on our members of Congress to stand up for the right to vote for all. Congress, let’s get this done; let’s work to protect our elections and protect the rights of every eligible voter.

Peggy Healy

President League of Women Voters of Downers Grove/Woodridge/Lisle

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