Today, a coalition of civil rights organizations sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Schumer regarding conversations and proposed reforms to the Electoral Count Act. Electoral Count Act and reforms are insufficient to address racial discrimination in voting and stronger federal voting rights protections are needed. Efforts to restrict access to voting and the urgent threats to our democracy are rooted in racism. As the letter states, a legislative solution that addresses racial discrimination in voting and strengthens voter protections is urgently needed. Any revised legislation also includes components of the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act that are necessary to address the problems faced by eligible voters in their attempts to cast votes and have those votes counted. Additionally, the letter urges Senators to continue the conversation about the imperative to no longer allow an arcane rule with a racist history to block urgently needed protections for the freedom to vote.
Read the full letter here.
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