In National Journal yesterday, Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), emphasized the importance of fair voting practices in the wake of last year’s Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court decision. Given that there are 23.5 million Latino citizens of voting age, and considering the unfair targeting of Latino voters in areas across the country, the need for modern legislation – the Voting Rights Amendment Act – is clear.
It’s essential that we have the tools provided by a modern, effective VRA to address the current discriminatory practices that threaten the rights of Latinos and others to vote and to shape this country. Protecting the right to vote isn’t a partisan issue and it isn’t about who wins or loses elections. It’s about common sense steps that will guard the right of everyone to vote, no matter their race, where they live, or what language they speak. Let’s ensure the promise of America’s democracy remains a reality for all.