House Passes Landmark Voting Rights Bill

August 24, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-18) announced that the House of Representatives had passed H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, with his support by a vote of 220 to 212

“The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would ensure every American citizen has convenient access to their polling place and can freely exercise their right to vote,” said Congressman Doyle.

H.R. 4 would restore the full protections of the original Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was last reauthorized by Congress in 2006 but was gutted by the 2013 Supreme Court decision Shelby v. Holder. This decision voided Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act - which required certain states and local governments to obtain federal preclearance before implementing any changes to their voting laws. This decision directly resulted in a series of voting rights restrictions in those municipalities, and it has allowed the imposition of outrageously unfair voting restrictions like those that have been enacted since the 2020 election.

The John Lewis Voting Rights Act would establish a process for reviewing changes to voting laws throughout the nation, allow federal courts to order jurisdictions to over rule changes that result in discrimination, and increase transparency by requiring reasonable public notice for any changes in voting laws. This legislation would also create a new method to discover voting rights violations and trends in the previous 25 years. 

“No one should have to stand in line for hours to vote, no one should have to travel miles to reach a new polling location after their old one was closed, and no one should be restricted from receiving mail-in ballots, since it has been proven that they are a safe way to vote,” continued Congressman Doyle.

This bill will now be sent to the Senate, where Congressman Doyle encourages its quick passage along with H.R. 1, the For the People Act.