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Testimony on Voting in America Before the Committee on House Administration’s Subcommittee on Elections

Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice, testified about the need to strengthen the Voting Rights Act through passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

Published: June 24, 2021

On June 24, 2021, Michael Wald­man, pres­id­ent of the Bren­nan Center for Justice, test­i­fied before the Commit­tee on House Admin­is­tra­tion Subcom­mit­tee on Elec­tions on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advance­ment Act, crit­ical legis­la­tion to restore the Voting Rights Act and respond to future efforts to suppress the vote.


The House considers this meas­ure at a time of crisis for Amer­ican demo­cracy. Legis­latures across the coun­try are moving to enact curbs on voting, propos­ing and passing laws that uncan­nily target people of color. The VRAA would restore the strength of the Voting Rights Act, which was gutted by the Supreme Court with its 2013 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder. The VRAA would modern­ize the Voting Rights Act’s cover­age formula and do so in a way reflect­ing the Supreme Court’s stric­tures.

Any future legis­latures that seek to enact racially discrim­in­at­ory voting rules would find their actions subject to the strict­est of legal scru­tiny. The VRAA would work in tandem with H.R.1, the For the People Act, which would set national stand­ards and pree­mpt exist­ing discrim­in­at­ory state laws. The VRAA is vital to restor­ing the prom­ise of equal­ity in repres­ent­a­tion in our demo­cracy. 

Testi­mony on Voting in Amer… by The Bren­nan Center for Justice