WASHINGTON — Asian American Center of Advancing Justice applauded national leaders for taking the first step to empowering voters and improving access to all voters by introducing the Voter Empowerment Act Thursday.
AACAJ includes Asian American Justice Center, which sent congratulations to U.S. Representatives Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), John Lewis (D-Ga.), John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Robert Brady (D-Pa.) for their role in introducing the legislation.
“The Voter Empowerment Act is a strong starting point for our discussion on moving our country forward and re-establishing the United States as a model for other democracies around the world,” said Mee Moua, president and executive director of AAJC.
Over the past year, new measures have been enacted in states across the country that would make it harder for millions of eligible voters to register or vote, particularly minority, young, elderly, disabled, language minorities, military and low-income Americans. With just six months left until the presidential election, this bill aims to break down these barriers that erode access to free and fair elections.
“If enacted, the Voter Empowerment Act will provide more access to the ballot, protect the integrity of our voting system and ensure accountability in our election process, continued Moua. “The right to vote is the foundation of our democratic system and we must do all we can to ensure all Americans have equal access to vote.”
AAJC has been working to preserve voting rights for every eligible citizen for more than 20 years, and we will continue to fight against barriers like voter suppression laws and advocate for fairness in our voter system. AAJC stands ready to continue to work with members of Congress to defend and protect voters and their fundamental right to vote.
Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, joined Democratic leaders in rolling out the Voter Empowerment Act, comprehensive voting rights legislation to modernize our voter registration system, ensure equal access to the ballot box for all Americans and prohibit voter caging and other deceptive practices that keep people from exercising their constitutional right to vote.
“In the past year, Republicans across the country have introduced over 150 bills aimed at disenfranchising voters – particularly young, elderly, disabled and minority voters,” said Chairwoman Chu. “As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I am proud to stand with my fellow Democrats to announce the Voter Empowerment Act, which aims to protect every citizen’s right to vote. By building on established protections in the Voting Rights Act, this legislation is a step in the right direction to ensure that every eligible U.S. voter, no matter their background or circumstances, can have their voice heard in our democracy.”
The Voter Empowerment Act will protect voters from restrictive measures that have been enacted in states across the country over the last year. These measures make it harder for millions of eligible voters to register or vote, and disproportionally affects service members, the disabled, minorities, young people, seniors, and low-income Americans.
Congresswoman Chu joined Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Assistant Leader James Clyburn, Congressman John Lewis, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, House Administration Committee Ranking Member Robert Brady, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Charles Gonzalez in a press conference earlier today announcing the introduction of the Voter Empowerment Act.