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American democracy is under unprecedented attack.

In the wake of the 2020 election, state lawmakers across the country are advancing laws that make it easier to sabotage future elections and make it harder for Americans to vote, particularly targeting communities of color. In the midst of the redistricting cycle, extreme partisan gerrymandering threatens to lock lawmakers into power regardless of what voters want. Unless Congress acts now, these unfair and discriminatory changes will be in effect for the 2022 midterms.

Two essential bills pending in the Senate could strengthen our democracy in the face of these attacks. The Freedom to Vote Act would set national standards to protect the right to vote, safeguard the electoral process, ban partisan gerrymandering, and overhaul our broken campaign finance system. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore the power of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, protecting voters from racial discrimination.

It is crucial that Congress pass these bills to protect voters during the 2022 midterms and beyond without further delay.