Congressman García Votes to Restore the Full Strength of the Voting Rights Act
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) voted today in support of H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act. The bill would restore protections gutted by the Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision, which made it easier to implement barriers to voting.
“Throughout our country’s history African Americans, Latinos, and women have waged major organizing campaigns to gain the right to vote. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) was a historic step to expand and protect the principle of ‘one person, one vote’ for everyone. But since then, Republicans have enacted laws across the country making it harder for Americans from communities of color and working class families to vote.
“I personally saw the importance of the Voting Rights Act through the work of my friend Mayor Harold Washington. While in Congress, he helped make key improvements to the Voting Rights Act. The VRA enabled the 1986 election of several Latinos to public office in Illinois, created the seat in which I served in the Illinois State Senate, and made way for the creation of the court-drawn district I now represent in Congress.
“It is critical to ensure that all voices are heard in our democracy. The Voting Rights Advancement Act continues the important work of Mayor Harold Washington and the civil rights leaders who worked tirelessly to protect the vote. Today, I proudly voted to pass H.R. 4 to ensure that all Americans, no matter their background, can exercise their right to vote.”