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Rep. Demings Urges Passage of Freedom to Vote Act

October 18, 2021
Press Release

ORLANDO, FL – Today Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) sent a letter to U.S. Senators urging passage of the Freedom to Vote Act and warning of the cascading damage being done to America’s democracy and economy by the attacks on voting rights around the country.

“We urge you to pass the Freedom to Vote Act to address the partisanship and rancor that is creating dangerous levels of instability in American society today… Passage of the Freedom to Vote Act is also critical to safeguarding every American’s sacred right to vote,” wrote Rep. Demings and her colleagues in the letter, going on to say, “the attack on the freedom to vote has also become a threat to stability within the business community…voter suppression is bad for business. The Freedom to Vote Act would institute national standards for voting that would restore public confidence in our democratic institutions and the operational integrity of our system of government. That translates into certainty, predictability and stability in the private sector.”

Said Rep. Demings, “Voting is a right, not a privilege. My parents often worked seven days a week as a maid and janitor, but I don’t ever remember a time when they did not vote. My parents, like working Americans across our country, knew that their vote is their voice. Our democracy is what keeps America prosperous, safe, and free. That’s why we introduced and passed legislation to protect the right to vote, get big money out of politics, strengthen ethics laws, and protect our elections from foreign interference.

“If you believe in democracy, you should make it easier for everyone to vote, even the people who disagree with you. If you don’t believe in democracy, then you have no place in elected office.”

Rep. Demings is a cosponsor of the House voting rights legislation which was previously passed: The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and the For The People Act. In addition, Rep. Demings introduced the Every Vote Counts Act.

Rep. Demings spoke on the House Floor in support of The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act prior to its passage.

Background

H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act – which is based on over a dozen hearings and thousands of pages of documentation led by the Democratic House over two Congresses – would restore Voting Rights Act (VRA) preclearance with a new formula, which is ironclad constitutionally and which will make significant progress to restore the purpose of the VRA: “the banish the blight of racial discrimination in voting.”

Rep. Demings also previously cosponsored H.R. 1/S. 1, the For The People Act, which would help secure our democracy: stopping the partisan anti-democratic assault on our democracy from voter suppression, banning the scourge of partisan gerrymandering, stemming the torrent of dark money flooding our elections and empowering small donors.  

In addition, Rep. Demings introduced legislation, the Every Vote Counts Act, to require every state to implement a ballot tracking system for vote by mail, require every county in America to have ballot drop boxes, and require NIST and the Election Assistance Commission to develop standards for alternatives for signature matching verification requirements for vote by mail.

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