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On Shelby Anniversary, Every Voice Center Calls on Congress to Restore the Voting Rights Act

June 24, 2015 | Laura Friedenbach

Washington, D.C.—Ahead of the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision to gut the Voting Rights Act, watchdog Every Voice Center is releasing the following statement calling on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act.

“One person, one vote! Fifty years after the Voting Rights Act passed into law, Congress is failing to protect every American’s basic right to vote, and we now have the rule of the money over the will of the many. Democracy is strongest when everyone has a vote and a voice in our elections,” said Nick Nyhart, president and CEO of Every Voice Center.

On Thursday, Every Voice staff along with other members of the Democracy Initiative—a coalition of Labor, civil rights, voting rights, environmental, good government, and other like-minded organizations committed to building a movement to restore the core principle of political equality—will travel to Roanoke, Virginia’s Elmwood Park to join a rally to restore the Voting Rights Act.  Hundreds of concerned Americans will gather to defend the right to vote and ensure that all Americans can participate in our democracy. 

While Every Voice and others rally for voting rights and democracy in Roanoke, the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC) will hold a press conference at the Martin Luther King Memorial in D.C. calling on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act—the civil rights legislation for which Martin Luther King and countless others fought so hard.

Free from federal oversight since the Shelby decision, lawmakers across the country have adopted discriminatory policies and voting restrictions that make it harder for Americans to exercise their constitutional right to the ballot. Despite overwhelming evidence of modern-day voting discrimination across our country, Congress has failed to restore the Voting Rights Act.


Every Voice Center is a national nonpartisan organization that fights to raise the voices of everyday people in our democracy through changing our campaign finance laws and through holding elected officials accountable.

Every Voice and Every Voice Center have recently come under new leadership. We will be expanding and diversifying our efforts to promote a democracy that works for all of us and responds to the voices of everyday people. Watch this space for specifics later in 2019.