Voting Rights

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi participates in a moderated conversation with California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom for a discussion on the women’s suffrage movement in California.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi participates in a moderated conversation with California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom for a discussion on the women’s suffrage movement in California.

Voting rights are essential to who we are as Americans, to the cause of equality and to the strength of our democracy.  In Congress, we have a sacred responsibility to do everything in our power to remove obstacles to voting, to ensure every citizen has the right to vote and every vote is counted as cast.  

Yet, today, voting rights are under relentless attack.  The Supreme Court’s disastrous Shelby v. Holder decision unleashed an outrageous Republican campaign of voter suppression that is denying millions a voice, particularly in communities of color.  The vote is also under threat from hostile foreign interference and endangered by the coronavirus epidemic.  Despite these threats, Republicans in Congress have refused to safeguard our election systems, voting again and again against basic steps to protect this sacred democratic institution from assault.

In stark contrast, as one of our first acts in the 116th Congress, our Democratic Majority passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act, to protect the ballot.  To fully combat the assault on voting rights, we also passed H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which restores the Voting Rights Act: protecting access to the ballot box for all Americans and fighting the brazen Republican efforts to turn back the clock and erect barriers to voting for communities of color.  And amid the coronavirus crisis, Democrats fought to protect vote-by-mail and safe in-person voting options and to expand online and same-day voting registration. 

Working with the new Biden-Harris Administration and new Senate Democratic Majority, House Democrats will continue to fight to ensure that the public interest comes first in our democracy, not the special interests.  By doing so, we can make progress for every family and community, including safeguarding workers’ rights, increasing paychecks, lowering health care costs and prescription drug prices, raising wages by rebuilding America with green, modern infrastructure, and protecting our children’s clean air and clean water.

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                                                                            Congresswoman Pelosi joins Congressman John Lewis, Congressional  colleagues and civil rights leaders to honor the 50th anniversary of the equal rights  marches from Selma to Montgomery that paved the way for the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 at the

Congresswoman Pelosi joins Congressman John Lewis, Congressional 
colleagues and civil rights leaders to honor the 50th anniversary of the equal rights 
marches from Selma to Montgomery that paved the way for the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

 
 

More on Voting Rights

Aug 6, 2020 Press Release
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement to mark the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which was signed into law on August 6, 1965:
 
Jun 26, 2020 Press Release
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Leader Steny Hoyer, Whip James Clyburn and Chairman Jerry Nadler for a press conference marking the 7th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision and urging Senate to pass H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks: 
 
Jun 26, 2020 Press Release
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks on the Floor of the House of Representatives in support of H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks:
 
Speaker Pelosi.  Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. 
 
Mar 23, 2020 Press Release

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Dec 6, 2019 Press Release

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Dec 6, 2019 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks on the Floor of the House of Representatives in support of H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which passed on a 228 – 187 vote.  This bill restores the full strength of the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court’s Shelby v. Holder decision gutted the Act, unleashing a flood of voter suppression laws.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

Aug 6, 2019 Press Release

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Jul 22, 2019 Press Release

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Jul 2, 2019 Press Release

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Jun 27, 2019 Press Release

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