Senate Inaction on Voting Rights Continues to Harm our Democracy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Republicans used the filibuster again today to block the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, not even giving voting rights reform the discussion and debate it deserves.  

There can be no half-measures in defense of democracy. We must protect every vote.  

It’s very simple.  Racial discrimination links the more than 400 bills moving through the states to create additional barriers at the ballot box.  These barriers make it harder for tens of millions of young, BIPOC and Latinx, and low-income voters, voters with disabilities from participating in elections.   

The Senate has once again failed its constituents by putting party over the people, by refusing to consider reforms to ensure our fundamental right to vote in a free safe, and fair election process.  

NOW and our members will not give up on voting rights reform, and we won’t give up our democracy.  We know that for democracy to work for us all, it must include us all.  


The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the nation’s leading membership-based advocacy group dedicated to defending women’s rights, advancing equality and combating injustice in all aspects of social, political and economic life. Through educating, mobilizing, and convening a vast network of grassroots activists across the country, NOW advocates for national, state and local policies that promote an anti-racist and intersectional feminist agenda. Since its founding in 1966, NOW has been on the frontlines of nearly every major advancement for women’s rights and continues to champion progressive values today. More about NOW’s efforts and resources is available at

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