States across the country have passed measures to make it harder for Americans—particularly people of color, the elderly, students, and people with disabilities—to exercise their fundamental right to cast a ballot. These measures include voter ID laws, cuts to early voting, and purges of voter rolls.
In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court decision gutted key components of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, whose provisions were remarkably successful in protecting the voting rights of individuals most vulnerable to voter discrimination: communities of color, the elderly, the poor, and those with limited English skills.
A vibrant democracy requires expanded participation.
It is time for Congress to restore protections of the VRA, which ensure access to the ballot for all voters.