Voter Suppression in Minority Communities: Learning from the Past to Protect Our Future
The Constitution enshrines the right to vote and grants Congress the authority to legislate to protect that right. Despite hard-fought victories to protect and expand voting rights, today many Americans—especially those in minority communities—face significant barriers to registering to vote and casting a ballot.
The Committee has been investigating barriers to voting for the last year. In March 2019, the Committee launched investigations of allegations of voter suppression in Georgia, Texas, and Kansas. On May 1, 2019, the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties led by Chairman Jamie Raskin held a hearing on “Protecting the Right to Vote: Best and Worst Practices.”
The hearing will examine the history and current state of voting rights in America, including how all Americans can ensure they are able to cast their votes in upcoming elections.
Ms. Diane Nash
Civil Rights Activist
Founding Member, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
Rev. Doctor William J. Barber II
President, Repairers of the Breach and Co-Chair
Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revivial
Mr. Timothy L. Jenkins
Board Member, Teaching for Change Board Member
Civil Rights Movement Archive, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
Ms. Marcia Johnson-Blanco
Co-Director, Voting Rights Project
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law