Voting rights bill

| Monday, April 21, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh commends the introduction of bipartisan legislation, the Voter Registration Amendment Act, which offers common-sense fixes designed to modernize the Voting Rights Act.

This legislation was carefully crafted to protect the rights of all voters from discrimination and repair the damage to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 inflicted by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Shelby v. Holder. The Sensenbrenner bill seeks to better protect all voters against discrimination at the ballot box and ensure Americans are guaranteed their right to vote. The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh urges Congress to pass the bill swiftly.

The bipartisan introduction of these protections is an important step to create modern, common-sense fixes to protect everyone's right to vote and make sure that our elections are free, fair and accessible for every American.

The LWVGP has a long history of protecting the vote, including being the lead plaintiff in the recent court case against Pennsylvania's Voter ID law. It's about all of us coming together to affirm that everyone should have an equal right to vote.

Eileen Olmsted

The writer is co-president of the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh.

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