Ranking Member Brady Co-Sponsors Voting Rights Advancement Act
June 24, 2015 (Washington, DC): Today, House Administration Ranking Member Rep. Robert A Brady (D-PA) cosponsored vital legislation aimed at restoring key parts of the Voting Rights Act that were invalidated by the Supreme Court following the disastrous Shelby County v Holder decision.
“I am honored to join with my colleagues in strengthening much-needed voting protections. The Voting Rights Advancement Act provides the oversight critical to ensuring no eligible voter is turned away from the ballot by insidious disfranchisement laws." Brady continued, “It is almost incomprehensible that we are still battling the same discrimination seen during the Civil Rights Movement but we will continue the fight to preserve the right to vote, the very cornerstone of our democracy.”
The Voting Rights Advancement Act restores Section 5 preclearance protections to voters living in states with a repeated history of voting rights violations. The bill also ensures voters are made aware of changes in voting laws and provides protections against other discriminatory practices such as racial gerrymandering and the elimination of polling places in racially and ethnically diverse jurisdictions.