"Voting is our most fundamental American right and we must do everything in our power to reduce restrictive voting measures that prevent true representation and threaten our democracy.” - Lorie Burch
In 1965, the historic Voting Rights Act was signed into law. These laws, alongside the Civil Rights Act, were arguably our greatest achievements of the Civil Rights era. Unfortunately, in 2013 the Supreme Court reversed key portions of the Voting Rights Act, allowing states to create their own voting laws without congressional approval.
Republicans and Democrats came together to pass the original law, realizing that we must ensure that every citizen is allowed their constitutional right to vote. But since that ruling in 2013, Congress has refused to revisit this fundamental issue and restore balance to the system. Preserving the integrity of our democracy is as important as ever, but there are surely smarter solutions that won’t create more unnecessary burdens to voting - such as complex voter ID laws that disproportionately and negatively impact minorities and low-income citizens.
We also need stronger federal standards so that state legislatures - like our own here in Texas - do not have the opportunity to take advantage of unethical practices like gerrymandering in order to secure their seats at the table. Leaders in Congress need to take action and show that they value the rights of their constituents to have their voices heard in every election. As your representative, I will work to make sure that everyone has a fair chance to participate in our Democracy.