Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the statement below following the announcement that Congressmen James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), John Conyers (D-MI), and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) have introduced a bipartisan update to the Voting Rights Act:
“Everyone is entitled to fair treatment at the ballot box and today’s bipartisan update to the Voting Rights Act is welcome news for America’s voters. While we have made great strides as a country, discrimination is still a reality in too many places. The need for an effective, modern day VRA that responds to 21st century discrimination is vital to our democracy. The VRA has a long history of bipartisan support, so we urge members of both parties to make this legislation a top priority.
But this bill is only the first step in the legislative process. As introduced, this bill does not go far enough in protecting language minorities or voters living in states with restrictive voter ID laws.
We look forward to working with Congress to improve this legislation and are strongly encouraged by this bipartisan unity for protecting voting rights for all.”
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.