John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

Statement from Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC on the introduction of VRAA
For Immediate Release
Michelle Boykins (202) 296-2300, ext. 0144

Washington, DC — Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC commends the Senate's introduction of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act as a significant step towards ensuring full participation from all Americans in our democracy. In this crucial election year, the bill emerges as a beacon for equitable democracy, addressing critical issues akin to the historic Voting Rights Act and responding to the pressing need for legislative action. This is prompted by the devastating 2013 Supreme Court ruling in Shelby v. Holder, which eradicated the “pre-clearance” provision that required jurisdictions with a history of discrimination to seek pre-approval of voting changes.

John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, expressed his support for the bill, stating:

“At the heart of the numerous hurdles our democracy is confronted with, lies the deprivation and dilution of the foundational right to vote, which significantly impacts Asian, Black, Latino, and Native American communities. It is absolutely imperative that we address and rectify these issues to protect our democracy, which relies on the full and equal participation of every eligible voter. The John Lewis VRAA is a step toward forging a path for true inclusion of the voices and votes for all communities nationwide.

During a pivotal election year, the strength of America's democracy rests on ensuring every voice is heard. I commend the Senate for presenting this bill at such a crucial juncture in our nation's history and urge Members of Congress to safeguard the freedom to vote by passing this legislation.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC supports the John Lewis VRAA because it embraces a forward-looking perspective for the future of our democracy.”

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