Voter Suppression / Voting Rights Act

The House Passes HR 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act

Six years after Shelby County, the House finally votes to correct its holding.


nancy-pelosi-speakers-gavel.jpg Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi with the gavel (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

The House of Representatives has been very busy lately. No, not just with impeachment but with getting important legislation passed.

Despite Mitch McConnell’s persistent lies to the contrary, the House has been churning out and voting on hundreds of bills. (Seriously, I just checked at GovTrack, and the House has passed 341 bills this session so far!) And I want to make sure that everyone knows that at the end of last week, they passed HR 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019.

Why HR 4 is important

To understand why HR 4 is so important, we need to look at some history. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a landmark decision that was the culmination of a lot of work by civil rights groups. You can read my short history of that effort HERE

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