POLITICAL ACTION IN DANE COUNTY
WISCONSIN NAACP Holds Press Conference Urging Congress to the Pass Bipartisan VRAA Bill
One year after the Shelby v. Holder decision, the NAACP urges Congress to protect voting rights and pass the Voting Rights Amendment Act
Wendell J. Harris, Sr., 1st Vice President –NAACP Wisconsin Conference of Branches
Gregory C. Jones, Political Action Chair – NAACP Wisconsin Conference of Branches & NAACP Dane County Branch
On Wednesday, June 25th at 2:30 p.m., the NAACP Wisconsin State Conference hosted a press conference urging Congress to pass the Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA). During this event, speakers discussed the critical need to protect Wisconsin voters from discrimination and highlight recent examples of voter discrimination in the state.
The VRAA would provide common sense solutions to prevent discrimination against all voters regardless of race, including remedies to address current discrimination as it is occurring, an ability to review voting changes in places that have engaged in discrimination in the present and recent past, and better public notification of potential voting changes to enhance accountability.
Last June in Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court invalidated a key section of the Voting Rights Act. As part of the decision, the Supreme Court invited Congress to revise the VRA to provide for protections against voting discrimination that reflect current circumstances.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Robert W. Kastenmeier U.S. Courthouse
120 N. Henry Street