As we celebrate our nation’s independence, I hope we all take a moment to reflect on what it means to live in the greatest democracy in the world. For me, a fundamental part of being an American is having the right to vote and having my voice heard.
Unfortunately, last year the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act and now, as a result, many voters are at risk of losing this right.
While we have made great progress as a nation since the 1960s, the reality is that voting discrimination still exists across the country. Right here in Pennsylvania we have had hundreds of instances of voting discrimination since 2000.
In January, a bipartisan group of legislators introduced the Voting Rights Amendment Act, a critical step to protect the right to vote and to enhance transparency and accountability for voting changes. I would like to thank U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle for supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act and call upon other members of Congress to do the same.
The choice is clear. Fifty years after the Civil Rights Act, we must fight once again to protect a fundamental right for all Americans. Those who believe in the right to vote for all and who believe that discrimination in voting is wrong will stand up and support efforts to move the Voting Rights Amendment Act forward.
Those who remain silent can no longer say they support the equal right to vote for all Americans.