Statement by National NOW President Christian F. Nunes
WASHINGTON, D.C. – National NOW President Christian F. Nunes issued the following statement regarding the reintroduction of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act:
“The fight for voting rights has never been more urgent—a decade after the Supreme Court gutted the “preclearance” protection in Shelby County, at least 29 states have passed 94 laws that make it harder to vote, with the burden falling hardest on voters of color.
That is why NOW members are extremely proud to support U.S. Representative Terri Sewell (D-AL) and her co-sponsors as they reintroduce the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Our democracy is being hijacked by voter restriction techniques that disproportionately impact young people, the elderly, low-income individuals, and especially people of color—and within each of these communities, women are most harshly affected.
Women are being kept from voting on the issues that matter most to them—like equal pay for equal work, access to reproductive care, gender equality and racial justice. Either you’re for democracy, or you’re not. There’s no in-between. The House must pass the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act—without delay.