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REPS. MONDAIRE JONES’ AND RUBEN GALLEGO’S INCLUSIVE ELECTIONS ACT INCLUDED IN NEWLY-RELEASED JOHN LEWIS VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACT

August 17, 2021

HR 4 includes Congressmen’s provisions to restore Section 2 of the VRA and outlaw voter suppression laws that disparately impact people of color

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, was introduced in the House with key provisions of Congressman Mondaire Jones’ (D-NY) Inclusive Elections Act included in the bill. In July, following the Supreme Court’s decision in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, Jones introduced the Inclusive Elections Act with Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) to restore Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act so that any voter suppression law will once again be illegal if it disparately burdens people of color or linguistic minorities.

“The right to vote is under assault in state houses across the country, and at the Supreme Court,” said Congressman Jones. “That’s why, within hours of the Court’s latest assault on the Voting Rights Act in Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee, I introduced the Inclusive Elections Act with Rep. Gallego to reverse that devastating ruling and restore Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act to its full strength. Six weeks later, I am grateful our colleagues have followed our lead and restored Section 2 in the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Just as we proposed, once again a voter suppression law will be illegal if it disparately burdens people of color or linguistic minorities. Now, our full focus must be on getting HR 4, along with the For the People Act, through the Senate and onto President Biden’s desk so that we can save our democracy and protect the right to vote.”

“I am incredibly proud that a provision based on my and Rep. Mondaire Jones’ Inclusive Elections Act is included in H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego. “Rep. Jones and I introduced the Inclusive Elections Act after the Supreme Court upheld two Arizona voter suppression laws in Brnovich vs. DNC. The weakening of the Voting Rights Act over the last two decades has undermined our democracy and the right to vote. Our bill – and now H.R. 4 – will restore the promise of the Voting Rights Act by ensuring that Black and brown voters cannot be targeted by racist voter suppression laws. With voting rights under assault across the country, there is no time to waste when it comes to protecting our democracy. Congress must immediately pass H.R. 4 to defend the voting rights of all Americans.”

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.

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