The landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act has played a pivotal role in making our democracy fairer for everyone. However, in 2013 the Supreme Court in its controversial Shelby County v. Holder ruling struck down core components of the act. Yet, from Roanoke to Ferguson, our nation clearly needs the protections of the act more than ever. Congress is being urged to restore the strengths of the core provisions of the historic law by passing the Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Here are four great resources we hope you’ll find useful.
The first is our great “Voting Rights Toolkit for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Advocates,” which you can download right now.
The second is our LGBTQ Voting Rights Fact Sheet. This covers the basics and includes information on voter suppression tactics, action opportunities, and other resources.
The third tool is a PDF of our “Coalition Letter to Congress,” which is an updated copy of the letter sent to Congress in support of the Voting Rights Advancement Act. This is the second version of the letter, signed by the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund and 102 national, state, and local organizations. The first version, released in August, was signed by the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund and 31 national organizations.
Finally if you’re not already registered to vote, do it right now!