WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the House of Representatives passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act today, Tom Lopach, President and CEO of the Voter Participation Center (VPC) and Center for Voter Information (CVI), released the following statement:
“Today’s vote to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is an important step forward in the fight to protect access to voting for Americans across the country. VPC and CVI urge the Senate to follow the House’s lead and immediately take up this critically important legislation to restore the strength of the Voting Rights Act.
“While continuing to push for pro-democracy legislation on the federal level, VPC and CVI will keep working tirelessly to get voters to the ballot box; encouraging safe vote-by-mail practices; and challenging anti-voter bills through legal actions in courts across the country. We have to tackle the ongoing assault on democracy from every angle. VPC and CVI are committed to taking this comprehensive approach to protect voting for generations to come, as John Lewis would have wanted.”
The Voter Participation Center and Center for Voter Information are non-profit, non-partisan organizations founded in 2003 to help members of the New American Majority – unmarried women, people of color and young people – register and vote. Since then, the organizations have helped 5.7 million people register and cast ballots.