H.R. 4 would restore the power of the 1965 Voting Rights Act by developing a process to determine which states must pre-clear election changes with the Department of Justice. It would also require a nationwide, practice-based pre-clearance of known discriminatory practices, including the creation of at-large districts, inadequate multilingual voting materials and cuts to polling places.
You can find resources to understand the bill’s contents here:
- Text of the bill as introduced in the House of Representatives on Feb. 26, 2019
- See Senator Leahy’s overview of the bill: VRAA of 2019
- NAACP’s Statement on the Need for and Provisions of H.R. 4, Mar. 10, 2019