Voting Rights in Jeopardy

Your help is urgently needed. Countless Americans continue to be denied equal access to the ballot box, and now, as the Voting Rights Act heads for renewal, a handful of lawmakers from Georgia and Texas are trying to delay the process in an attempt to severely weaken the landmark law that has protected the rights of millions of minority voters from discrimination.

Your voice is needed now to keep the renewal process moving. Please contact your representative in support of the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006 (H.R. 9).

If passed, this bill will renew and restore the expiring provisions of the Voting Rights Act that protect minorities from discrimination.

A final House vote on H.R. 9 is currently scheduled for next week -- the week of June 12 -- so we need you to contact your representative right now and urge him or her to protect voting rights and oppose efforts to weaken the act and prevent it from moving forward.

Act now at:

States and local jurisdictions, mostly in the South, now covered by the expiring enforcement provisions will no longer be covered if the provisions are not renewed. Undoubtedly, the worst offenders of the Voting Rights Act would backslide by implementing discriminatory voting practices. It should come as little surprise that Georgia and Texas have the worst records of continued voter discrimination.

The Voting Rights Act is one of the most important civil rights laws ever enacted. It eliminated literacy tests, language hurdles and other discriminatory barriers that were used to deny minorities equal access to the ballot box. While progress has been made, voting discrimination remains a significant problem in the United States. We need the Voting Rights Act to ensure fair and equal participation in the political process for all citizens today as well as for future generations.

Contact your representative right now and tell him or her to support H.R. 9 without making changes that would weaken or compromise the spirit and effectiveness of the Voting Rights Act.

Or, read more about the Voting Rights Act first.

And be sure to forward this message to your friends!


Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director
American Civil Liberties Union


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