Common sense legislation protects voting rights of minorities, transit riders, all people
Media Contact: David Roscow, 202-537-1645 x254
Washington, DC – The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and Americans for Transit (A4T) released the following statement in response to the introduction of the “Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014:
“We applaud the introduction of this bipartisan legislation that will provide vital protections for all voters against discrimination at the ballot box and ensure every American their right to vote.
“We commend Representatives John Lewis (D-GA), Bobby Scott (D-VA), James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), John Conyers (D-MI), and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for their leadership in developing these common sense changes that modernize the Voting Rights Act (VRA).
“This bill will address the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act decision, which turned the clock back to the Jim Crow-era when state laws prevented people of color from voting – creating a permanent underclass in American society. That ruling, which requires that particular picture IDs be provided in order to vote, virtually legalizes voter suppression in those states, and encourages it in others. It especially hurts transit riders, the poor, seniors, and persons with disabilities, who rely on public transit, often don’t possess driver’s licenses, and are vulnerable to disenfranchisement efforts.
“This legislation is an important step forward in fighting voter discrimination that is still a reality in far too many parts of our country. We urge Congress to pass this bipartisan bill to protect the most fundamental right of our country – the right of every American citizen to vote.”