Tell Legislators: Pass the CT Voting Rights Act
The right to vote is precious, and we must make our democracy stronger by protecting and strengthening access to the ballot box.
Right now, voters across the country are facing the greatest assaults on voting rights since Jim Crow. The U.S. Supreme Court has turned its back on the federal Voting Rights Act. With that gap in protection from the federal government, it's up to states, like Connecticut, to step up to defend voting rights.
This year, the Legislature has introduced the Connecticut Voting Rights Act, modeled on the federal Voting Rights Act, that would take important steps toward addressing and preventing discrimination against voters of color.
While some people may think of racist voter suppression as being a problem for other places, Connecticut has a long and shameful history of disenfranchising voters of color, particularly Black and Puerto Rican voters. Far from being immune from racist, white supremacist attempts to restrict voting rights, Connecticut has sometimes been the genesis of Jim Crow policies – making it critical that our state take steps to right those wrongs, and to prevent more from happening.
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