Voting rights

“As they have already done in the past, it is now the Senate’s responsibility to again guarantee equal access to the ballot box,” says Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman following the introduction of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

In response to yesterday’s introduction of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in the Senate, Issue One’s Founder and CEO Nick Penniman released the following statement: “We applaud the introduction of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in the Senate, where the Voting Rights Act has been reauthorized on five separate occasions by overwhelming majorities of

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“Inaction at this consequential time in our history would be harmful and detrimental to the country,” says National Council On Election Integrity regarding the Freedom to Vote Act

Last week, Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Raphael Warnock (D-GA) introduced the Freedom to Vote Act — historic legislation that includes concrete reforms to improve our broken political system and protect our elections. In response, the National Council on

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“Our responsibility to build a more inclusive and representative democracy begins with the sacred freedom to vote,” says Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman following the introduction of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

In response to today’s introduction of H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, Issue One’s Founder and CEO Nick Penniman released the following statement: “Our responsibility to build a more inclusive and representative democracy begins with the sacred freedom to vote. It is a noble cause that John Lewis dedicated his life to, and one we must

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Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs Zach Wamp (R-TN) and Tim Roemer (D-IN) urge Congress to protect voting rights on anniversary of signing of Voting Rights Act of 1965

The United States will celebrate an important voting rights milestone later this week: Friday marks the 56th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act, which President Lyndon Johnson signed into law on Aug. 6, 1965. Moreover, today marks 80 days since Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said that “inaction is not an option” when it

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Congress can honor the legacy of John Lewis with voting rights protections

By former congressmen and ReFormers Caucus co-chairs Zach Wamp (R-TN) and Tim Roemer (D-IN) Originally appeared in The Hill. This weekend, on the anniversary of the passing of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), we remember an exceptional civil rights leader whose legacy is etched in our nation’s storied history of becoming a more perfect union. Lewis was a father, husband, congressman

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“Americans are witnessing surgical strikes on our democracy,” says Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman following President Biden’s address on voting rights

Following today’s remarks by President Biden on voting rights, Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman issued the following statement:  “Americans are witnessing surgical strikes on our democracy in state capitals across the country. They aim to make it harder for certain people to vote in certain places, just enough to tip the scales of future elections.  “After a safe and

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Issue One responds to troubling Supreme Court decisions that undermine campaign finance laws and further weaken the Voting Rights Act

Today, the Supreme Court issued two troubling decisions. One makes it harder to stop discriminatory voting laws and the other could set the stage to undermine basic tenets of long-standing campaign finance laws. By a 6-3 vote along ideological lines, the Court held that California’s law requiring all tax-exempt groups to disclose to the state (but not publicly) the names

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Issue One ReFormers Caucus co-chairs applaud bipartisan momentum on the Voting Rights Act

In response to the letter from Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) sent to congressional leadership in both chambers urging Congress to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act, Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN) and Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) released the following statement: “We applaud Senator Manchin and Senator Murkowski for their leadership in working

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Issue One honors a civil rights hero, calls for the passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

In conjunction with today’s day of action to honor the late Congressman John Lewis and his lifetime of fighting for civil rights, Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman issued the following statement in support of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act: “Today, we remember a towering figure in our nation’s history. As a lifelong warrior for civil rights,

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