Voters of color continue to be impacted by discriminatory election practices intended to diminish their voting power. In 2021 alone, in the wake of record levels of turnout for the presidential election, a wave of anti-voter measures were introduced across the states – many of which will disproportionately disenfranchise Black and Brown voters. These measures include making it a crime to provide food or water to voters waiting in line, strict limits on drop boxes for absentee ballots, racially gerrymandered district maps, and more. As midterm elections approach this year, we expect these blatant suppression tactics to continue.
The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act includes crucial provisions to restore the protections of the Voting Rights Act that will begin to root out voting barriers that discriminate against voters of color. There's no time to wait: We must urge the Senate to pass this crucial law now.