Contact your Representative and both Senator Burr and Senator Tillis and urge them to support the repair, restoration, and strengthening of the Voting Rights Act. Urge them to support S. 1659 / H.R. 2867.
- As a result of the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby v. Holder, there are currently no states or jurisdictions which are required to comply with the “preclearance” directive under Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This means that states or jurisdictions with a proven history of discrimination are able to make changes to their election laws and policies without proving to the U.S. Department of Justice or the District Court in D.C. in advance that the proposed changes will not disenfranchise racial or ethnic minority voters.
- Only Congress can pass a law to replace the criteria for which states or jurisdictions must comply with Section 5 “preclearance.”
- Members of the US House and Senate need to hear from their constituents that the repair, restoration, and strengthening of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is a priority and MUST HAPPEN NOW!!!!
To contact your Senators and Representative, you may:
Make a Phone Call:
Call your Senators and your Representative in Washington by dialing the Capitol Switchboard and asking to be transferred to your Senators'/Congressman’s offices. The switchboard phone number is (202) 224-3121.
Send an E-Mail:
Click HERE to email Senator Richard Burr. Click HERE to email Senator Thom Tillis.
To send an e-mail to your Representative, go to www.house.gov, and click on “Write Your Representative” (on the left hand side, just under “find your Representative). This will help you identify who your congressman is and how to contact him/her.
Write a Letter or Send a Fax:
Click HERE for a sample message to send or fax to your Senators and Representative. You can find their fax numbers by calling their offices using the Capitol switchboard.