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Legislative: History

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 would restore and strengthen  parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  Signed into law by President Lyndon B Johnson during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, the 1965 Voting Rights Act is landmark legislation that prohibited racial discrimination in voting at the federal level by:


  • Enforcing voting rights guaranteed by the 14th and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution.  

  • Securing the right to vote for racial minorities throughout the US; especially in the South.  

  • Providing the most effective and far-reaching federal civil rights legislation ever enacted in US history.


Portions of the law were struck down by two separate US Supreme Court decisions leading to voter registration purges, the regulation of ballot collecting, and out-of-precinct voting:


  1. Shelby County vs Holder (2013) resulted in significant increases in voter registration purges in jurisdictions that were previously covered by the coverage formula. 


  1. Brnovich vs the Democratic National Convention (2021) eliminated the Voting Rights Act's ability to both regulate ballot collecting and out- of- precinct voting.

On August 24, 2021, the US House of Representatives passed the John Lewis Voting Rights bill by a margin of 219 - 212.  It still needs approval by the US Senate before it can be sent to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.

Raise Your Voice! 
Tell NJ US Senators to champion the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.

Raise your voice and call on New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and Senator Bob Menendez to lead the fight in protecting the freedom to vote.

Contact New Jersey US Senator Cory Booker

1. Click HERE and follow the prompts.

2. Select “Voting Rights” as an issue.  For the subject title, type “John Lewis Voting Rights Bill.” 

3. Copy and paste the sample letter.

4. Complete the rest of the form and press “submit.”

Contact New Jersey US Senator Bob Menendez


1. Click HERE and select “Judiciary and Legal Issues” as a topic. 

2. Copy and paste the sample letter. 

3. Complete the rest of the form and press “send message.”

Now, raise your voice again and call Senator Booker and Senator Menendez. 

You may say: Hi, I’m ____ from Morris County Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Please champion and vote for the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and other voting rights acts that protect our right to vote. Thank you.

Senator Booker: (202) 224-3224 Ext 1

Senator Menendez: (202) 224-4744

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We seek to increase citizen engagement in our community by:

  • Bringing awareness and inspiring people to vote in all elections.

  • Supporting legislative/civic programming in our local chapter.

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