Washington, D.C. — In anticipation of today’s passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 (H.R. 4) in the U.S. House of Representatives, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the following statement from Voting Rights Program Director Justin Kwasa. H.R. 4 would resume federal monitoring of jurisdictions with a history of racist voter suppression under the Voting Rights Act.
“When black, brown and native voices are silenced by racist voter suppression, the communities that are exposed to the highest levels of toxic pollution and bear the brunt of the impacts of climate change are left powerless. Today’s passage of H.R. 4 in the House is a positive step towards a more fair and representative democracy for all, including the vulnerable communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis. We urge the Senate to follow suit and restore the Voting Rights Act because a free, fair and equitable political process is essential to advancing protections that are critical to our health, our environment and future generations.”
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