REPS. JONES, GALLEGO INTRODUCE BILL TO RESTORE SECTION 2 OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT
Hours after the Supreme Court’s decision weakening Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, the Inclusive Elections Act of 2021 would restore and strengthen this critical provision
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressmen Mondaire Jones (D-NY) and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) introduced the Inclusive Elections Act of 2021, legislation to restore Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which bars states and localities from adopting election laws that disparately burden the voting rights of people of color and linguistic minorities. The bill comes just hours after the Supreme Court’s devastating decision in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, which carved loopholes into the law that significantly reduce its power to stop voter suppression.
“The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was the crown jewel of the Civil Rights movement, but over the past decade, the Roberts Court has staged an all-out assault on the VRA, culminating in today’s Brnovich decision,” said Congressman Mondaire Jones. “At a time when the voting rights of Black and brown Americans are under attack to a degree not seen since Jim Crow, protecting the sacred right to vote is more important than ever. The Inclusive Elections Act of 2021 would undo the Supreme Court’s destructive decision by outlawing discriminatory voter suppression laws like the ones the Court just upheld in Arizona.”
“Democracy is under attack by state legislatures across the country, including in Arizona. The right of every American to have equal access to the ballot – regardless of their race or political orientation – is critical to a functioning democracy. The Supreme Court trampled on that right today by upholding two Arizona laws that make it harder to vote for Latino, Black, and Native American communities in particular,” said Congressman Ruben Gallego. “Our very democracy is at stake in this fight, and Congress must act. I’m proud to introduce this bill with Congressman Jones to protect voters of color from discrimination and help restore the foundation of our democracy.”
About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 34-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland and resides in Westchester.