Whip Hoyer and House Democrats at a press conference marking one year until the next election and discussing the need to protect voting rights.
Democrats released a letter being sent to all of the Secretaries of State urging them to oppose new state measures adopted over the last year that would make it harder for more than five million eligible voters to register or vote.
Rep. John Lewis (GA-05), a civil rights champion, called the right to vote the most powerful tool of non-violence we have.
Ranking Member of the House Administration Committee Robert Brady (PA-01) discussed how new ID rules in Pennsylvania would hinder access to ballot for elderly, including his mother.
Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Charlie Gonzalez (TX-20) said new photo ID law in Texas disenfranchises the elderly, minorities, young people and the disabled.
Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05) said his great-grandfather lived to 103 but never voted because of the poll tax; it's shameful these tactics are returning.
Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Judy Chu (CA-32) said grandfather was denied right to vote. She was proud to register at 18, but worries students today won’t be able to.