Protect Voter Rights
Voting is at the heart of the democratic process. It is the most fundamental access point for
individuals to have a voice in the public policy decision-making process that
can shape the future of our local, regional, national and global collective
The UCC General Synod has long supported voting rights and
addressing obstacles to participation in the electoral process within the
broader context of the civil rights struggle.
This witness is grounded in the understanding that justice cannot be
achieved unless the rules governing the democratic process are fair to all.
Restore the Voting
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) is widely considered to
be a landmark piece of civil rights legislation that has been pivotal in helping
to bring about significant progress in efforts toward racial equality and
justice by addressing racial discrimination in the voting process. It has subsequently been reauthorized four
times with strong bipartisan support.
In June 2013, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the
case of Shelby County v. Holder that suspended the use of the most effective
protections against racial discrimination in the Voting Rights Act, thus
rendering other sections of the VRA which remain intact to be insufficient alone
in ensuring such protections.
Despite the Court’s ruling, voter discrimination remains a
reality for too many voters, as evidenced in recent election cycles by
documented cases of bias in purging voter rolls, moving polling places without
sufficient notice and instances of voter intimidation and suppression on
protections against discrimination and bias provided by the Voting Rights Act,
millions of voters face the prospect of having their right to vote undermined
with no meaningful redress.
In light of the Shelby decision, a bipartisan group of
lawmakers has introduced legislation offering modern, flexible and
forward-looking protections against racial discrimination in voting in every
part of the country. The Voting Rights
Amendment Act (HR
1945) provides common sense fixes to the gaps in voter rights protections
created by the Supreme Court decision, while also addressing the Court’s
concern about the need to modernize existing law. Learn
more about the VRAA.
The right to vote is
a national value that transcends partisanship. Contact your members of Congress
and urge them to continue our historic, bipartisan commitment to protecting all
voters from discrimination. Urge your members of Congress to support the Voting
Rights Amendment Act.
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