Tuesday, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) joined the first ever Congressional Voting Rights Caucus – a caucus dedicated to protecting our nation’s democracy by ensuring that the fundamental right to vote is safeguarded for all Americans.
Following the Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby v. Holder decision, which dismantled key provisions of the original Voting Rights Act of 1965, 33 states have implemented laws that again make it difficult for traditionally disenfranchised communities to exercise their right to vote.
In the 114th Congress, House Democrats introduced H.R. 2867, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015, and H.R. 885, the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2015. These bills would update, fix, and strengthen the landmark civil rights legislation. “It is my hope that members on both sides of the aisle can work together to pass fair and common sense legislation that restores and protects the fundamental right of all Americans to have unfettered access to the voting booth,” said Butterfield.
“One of our most sacred rights in this country is the right to vote,” said Butterfield. “As a member of Congress, I will do everything in my power to stop the aggressive efforts to disenfranchise voters that we have seen in North Carolina and in other states across the country. That is why I joined the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus…because as a nation we must not and we will not tolerate any voting discrimination in our democracy.”
The goal of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus is to educate the public on the current voter suppression tactics in place in their home states, districts, and counties, inform constituencies on their rights as voters, and to create and advance legislation that blocks current and future suppressive and discriminatory tactics that deny American citizens the sacred right to vote.