Washington, D.C. – August 26, 2021 – The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL)
The National Black Caucus of State Legislators congratulates Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi and others in leadership for making this historic and landmark effort to protect Americans’ right to vote. We take this opportunity to recognize the countless number of citizens and grass root organizations who have worked tirelessly in the fight to protect the right to vote. We urge the Senate to honor their hard work and sacrifice through final passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
In its current form, HR 4 would restore the pre-clearance formula from the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013. Through passing this measure, the House of Representatives moves our nation one step closer to fulfilling America’s promise of a fair and representative democracy.
“There is no such thing as a perfect bill, but it is our hope and belief that this bill, in its current form, secures and protects a citizen’s right to vote. Most importantly, we are confident that the bill in its current form, serves as an appropriate countermeasure to state led efforts to disenfranchise black and brown voters”, said Georgia State Representative Billy Mitchell, NBCSL President.