This blog post was written by Brady Watson, former Civic Engagement Coordinator for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
Update: On Thursday, July 1, the Supreme Court dealt yet another blow to our freedom to vote in Brnovich v DNC by upholding Arizona’s discriminatory voting laws and weakening Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act to make future challenges against anti-voter laws even more difficult.
SUPPORT OF HR1 IMPERATIVE AHEAD OF NATIONAL REDISTRICTING PROCESS
Now, as the once-in-a-decade process of redistricting approaches (where states across the U.S. redraw Congressional districts using the newest Census data), the protections offered by the For The People Act becomes even more important to ensure voting rights are protected for all people. In many cases, partisan commissions redraw districts to the benefit of whichever party happens to hold power in that state. SACE believes that regardless of where we live, what we look like, or what’s in our pocketbooks, WE, the voters, have a right to choose our politicians, not the other way around.
RIGHT TO VOTE FUNDAMENTAL TO BEING AN AMERICAN
Whatever our color, background, or zip code, we value our freedoms in America and expect the freedom to vote in transparent, fair elections. We also expect our political representatives to enact the kinds of policies that the overwhelming majority of Americans support, like investments in clean energy. To make that happen, we must secure access to the ballot box for all Americans so that our elected leaders are an accurate reflection of the will of the people.
Some in Congress are attempting to block this proposed legislation that the majority of Americans support to protect our freedom and our right to vote. This is a turning point for our nation and our democracy. The For the People Act will create national standards for all of us to safely and freely cast our ballots, have our voices heard, and elect leaders who deliver on our priorities to protect our people and our planet.
WHERE DOES HR1 STAND NOW? WHAT’S NEXT?
The House passed HR1 in March of this year. Unfortunately, the Senate version of the For the People Act, S1, stalled on a 50-50 vote on Tuesday, June 22, unable to overcome a Republican-led filibuster with the requisite 60 votes required to even begin debate on the measure.
The Senate is in recess from June 28-July 10, and our Senators need to hear from us during this crucial time as the deadline for democracy approaches. If you can, please call the Capitol Switchboard today at (202) 224-3121, ask to be connected to your Senators’ offices, and urge them to support the For the People Act. Find your Senator here.