Baltimore, Md. –Â The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is committed to leading the effort alongside other civil and human rights organizations and our newly elected Congress to pass a robust Voting Rights Act Amendment.
Equal access to voting remains paramount asÂ numerousÂ reports of voting irregularities emerged during the midterm elections yesterday.Â Malfunctioning voting machines, voters turnedÂ away because of erroneous voter ID laws, missing names of registered voters and long lines were among the majorÂ challenges that the NAACP fielded along with our Election Protection partners via the 1-866-Our-Vote hotline.Â We assert that passage of a robust Voting Rights Act Amendment is essential for the states previously protected under section 5 as well as for all Americans for the sanctity of our republic.Â We urge the newly elected Congress to join us in ensuring that all registered voters in our great country have unfettered access to the ballot box.
Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP:
â€œThis election was not about who won but the rather the citizens who lost the right to participate.Â This first election post theÂ Shelby vs. HolderÂ decision resulted in problems in every single state previously protected by the Voting Rights Act.Â For 49 years, these states were singled out because they had a history of discriminating against American voters.Â The Election Protection Hotline we manned with other concerned organizations fielded over 18,000 calls yesterday, many in those same states previously protected by the VRA.Â As we move forwardâ€”it is imperative that our newly elected Congress work with the NAACP and our partners to pass Voting Rights Act Amendment legislation that assures that all Americans have the franchiseâ€”our very democracy depends on it.â€
Here are all the partners that worked with the NAACP on the Election Protection hotline:Â http://www.866ourvote.org/partnersâ€‹.