Congressman Sean Maloney

Representing the 18th District of New York

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Maloney Votes in Support of Bill to Restore the Full Strength of the Voting Rights Act and Protect Right to Be Heard at the Ballot Box

Dec 6, 2019
Press Release

Maloney Votes in Support of Bill to Restore the Full Strength of the Voting Rights Act and Protect Right to Be Heard at the Ballot Box

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) helped pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act, a critical bill restoring the full strength of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), which was gutted in 2013 by the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder. Rep. Maloney was an original cosponsor of the bill.

“Every American deserves to have their voice heard and their vote counted. Period,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “I’m proud to support the Voting Rights Advancement Act, and will continue to fight against reckless voter suppression laws across the country.”

Since the Shelby County v. Holder decision in 2013, 25 states have enacted restrictive voting laws, many of which have a disproportionate impact of communities of color and language-minority communities. These voter suppressive voting laws include voter I.D. and proof of citizenship laws, voter roll purging, the limitation of voting hours, and moving or eliminating polling locations.

The Voting Rights Advancement Act reestablishes full protections for voters in states with a recent history of discrimination.  Among its key provisions, the bill:

  • In response to the Supreme Court decision, provides a new coverage formula that determines which jurisdictions are subject to preclearance, based on current conditions.
  • Also establishes “practice-based preclearance,” focusing administrative or judicial review narrowly on suspect practices that are most likely to be tainted by discriminatory intent or to have discriminatory effects, as demonstrated by a broad historical record.

This bill is supported by more than 60 national organizations, including: the NAACP, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, NALEO Educational Fund, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Native American Rights Fund, League of Women Voters of the United States, AAUW, ACLU, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, Communications Workers of America, SEIU, UAW, Democracy 21, Democracy Initiative, End Citizens United Action Fund, Sierra Club, and League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.

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