HRC applauds the Supreme Court’s decision that allows the newly drawn, more representative Virginia State Legislative map to stand.
“The right to vote is a central principle and bedrock of our democracy,” said HRC Director of Strategic Initiatives Ben Needham. “LGBTQ and minority voters continue to face obstacle after obstacle in attaining equal and fair representation. While today’s Supreme Court decision will allow for equal and fair maps in Virginia, our work is far from over. We must continue to expand access to the ballot box and increase participation in our democracy, working alongside advocates like the NAACP, LCCHR, and Urban League to achieve that goal.”
HRC has long called for action to protect and expand voting rights, and has included related legislation on its Congressional Scorecard. In addition to supporting the For the People Act ( H.R. 1), HRC and allied civil rights organizations continue to call for passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4), critically important civil rights legislation that would ensure fair access to the ballot for all Americans is protected. In November, HRC President Chad Griffin joined NAACP President Derrick Johnson in a CNN op-ed on the relentless attacks against the voting rights of vulnerable communities.