Long story short … In 2013, the US Supreme Court invalidated a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA).
The provision dealt with pre-clearance, which banned certain states and other jurisdictions from making changes to voting laws with getting pre-approval from the U.S. Attorney General or U.S. District Court for D.C.
The approval was meant to acknowledge that the changes would not discriminate against protected minorities.
In a split decision the Supreme Court ruled that the provision was out-dated, and that it was up to Congress to update it.
Since the ruling, the Republican Congress had failed to take action on an update to the VRA.
Fast-foward to December 6, the Democratic-controlled House passed the ‘Voting Rights Advancement Act’ [VIDEO] which restores pre-clearance and other provisions that were part of the 2013 ruling. The bill passed 228 to 187, with support from all Democrats and 1 lone Republican — Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.).
The president has threatened to veto the bill if it makes it to his desk, but it’s not expected to be taken up the Republican-controlled Senate.
This week, the House passed the Voting Rights Advancement Act, a bill to protect voting rights by restoring the Voting Rights Act and increasing election transparency. This is a critical piece of legislation, and I was proud to support its passage. pic.twitter.com/WtKTyMG6B3
— Rep. Haley Stevens (@RepHaleyStevens) December 8, 2019