Jeremy Bird Statement on Anniversary of Voting Rights Act of 1965
Chicago, IL -- Jeremy Bird, a founding partner at 270 Strategies, released the following statement today on the 49th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
"The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a historic moment for our nation -- one in a series of important legislative victories that helped expand and secure the right for every citizen to vote.
"49 years later, we should be working to increase -- not restrict -- voting access. Last year, the Supreme Court struck down a critical part of the Voting Rights Act that provided important protections to prevent states from enacting discriminatory voting practices. At the same time, extremist Republicans continue to take egregious efforts to suppress the vote -- curbing early vote periods, cutting back on voting hours, and enacting discriminatory voter ID laws.
"Republicans need to stop standing in the way of the ballot box. There are simple and cost-effective steps we can take to making the voting process more efficient. By expanding online and automated voter registration, permitting no-excuse vote--by--mail, extending early voting, and implementing portable and Election Day registration, we can make sure every eligible American has the opportunity and ability to make their voices heard.
"The right to vote is one of the most basic Civil Rights and an essential part of our democracy. It's time our voting system reflects the technology of the 21st century."