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Statement of American Bar Association President: Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014

Statement of American Bar Association President: Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014

By Irma Romero


WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2014 — The American Bar Association commends the bipartisan effort to update the Voting Rights Act of 1965, led by Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, John Conyers Jr. Bobby Scott, John Lewis, and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy. The Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 would add common-sense remedies to the Voting Rights Act to reinvigorate its mission to prevent and dismantle discrimination in voting.


Voting is a right guaranteed by our Constitution and an expression of hope inseparable from the American experience.

The Voting Rights Act has given generations of Americans confidence that their right to vote will be preserved. The undeniable history and continued legacy of race-based and politically motivated voting discrimination demands that the ballot box be guarded. Congress now has the opportunity to modernize the decades-old Voting Rights Act and continue the important contributions made to America’s voting public by this landmark civil rights law.

The ABA calls on Congress to enact the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 and protect the fundamental right to vote for this and future generations. 

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