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Voting Rights: The Fight Continues Today
As Republicans work to limit voting rights, Democrats are fighting back:
While the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, the other sections remain intact. We are using every remaining tool in the VRA to combat restrictive laws. Under President Obama’s leadership, the administration is already challenging laws in Texas. 
The President’s new Commission on Electoral Administration is finding better ways to expand access to the polls. They are holding public hearings around the country to hear directly from the American people about voting rights violations that have occurred, and proposing solutions to address them going forward. 
Democratic lawmakers have formed a working group to reestablish the proven protections of pre-clearance — the formula that was used to determine which states would be required to get federal approval before passing any voting laws. This group is crafting amendments to the law that would reinstate the protections. 
Democratic leaders continue to pass laws that expand access to the polls. Most recently, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law sweeping voting reforms in Colorado: every registered voter will automatically receive a mail-in ballot, voters will be able to vote at centers across the state rather than just their precinct, early voting has been expanded, and there is same-day voter registration. In Maryland, Governor O’Malley signed into law similar measures: expanding early voting hours and providing for same-day voter registration during the early voting period.
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Voting Rights: The Fight Continues Today

As Republicans work to limit voting rights, Democrats are fighting back:

  • While the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, the other sections remain intact. We are using every remaining tool in the VRA to combat restrictive laws. Under President Obama’s leadership, the administration is already challenging laws in Texas.
  • The President’s new Commission on Electoral Administration is finding better ways to expand access to the polls. They are holding public hearings around the country to hear directly from the American people about voting rights violations that have occurred, and proposing solutions to address them going forward.
  • Democratic lawmakers have formed a working group to reestablish the proven protections of pre-clearance — the formula that was used to determine which states would be required to get federal approval before passing any voting laws. This group is crafting amendments to the law that would reinstate the protections.
  • Democratic leaders continue to pass laws that expand access to the polls. Most recently, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law sweeping voting reforms in Colorado: every registered voter will automatically receive a mail-in ballot, voters will be able to vote at centers across the state rather than just their precinct, early voting has been expanded, and there is same-day voter registration. In Maryland, Governor O’Malley signed into law similar measures: expanding early voting hours and providing for same-day voter registration during the early voting period.

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