On Thursday, June 18, Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) introduced a resolution related to voting protections with representatives Marc Veasey (TX-33) and Bobby Scott (VA-03), who are also co-chairs of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus.
According to a press release on Sewell’s website, the resolution addresses what was described as voter suppression, as well as protections that would prevent voting system malfunctions before the November general election and the Alabama primary on July 14.
“Black Americans have faced obstacle after obstacle to exercise their right to vote for the more than 100 years since being considered full citizens under the Constitution,” Sewell commented in the release.
“If our nation is ever to live up to its promise of liberty and justice for all, we must redouble our efforts to restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to its full strength, enact H.R. 4 into law and actively work to end every modern-day barrier to the ballot box.”
The resolution was introduced before Juneteenth as a way to celebrate the holiday that commemorates the abolition of slavery, the press release stated, which also said that it will help minority voters during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Specifically, the resolution aims to help minorities by including provisions that will support the implementation of transparent and inclusive election policies, the expansion of vote-by-mail and postage-paid absentee ballot options, the prioritization of disbursing election assistance funding to states that are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the creation of a national task force through the Election Assistance Commission that would prioritize promoting safe voting practices during this pandemic,” said the release.
A copy of the resolution can be seen online.