LULAC Along with Other Voting Rights Advocates Urge the Immediate Passage of...

LULAC Along with Other Voting Rights Advocates Urge the Immediate Passage of the Voting Rights Reauthorization



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Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 30, 2006–The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) along with USHLI, The Raben Group, MALDEF, AARP Illinois and the Census Bureau came together as one voice today to urge Congress to pass the immediate reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act:

“We urge passage of this bill immediately. We must put the pressure on Congress to renew the Voting Rights Act. The time is long overdue,” said Dr. Gabriela Lemus Director of Policy and Legislation for LULAC.

The Voting Rights Acts has been the gateway to full political participation for Latinos and Asian Americans as it has been for African Americans.

“It is time to end modern day literacy tests and return the VRA to its full potential by renewing it for another 25 years,” said Larry Gonzalez, The Raben Group lobbying for LCCR for Renewal.

“A small group in Congress is attempting to return us to a time before Latinos could count on federal voter protections,” said Peter Zamora, attorney with MALDEF. “We cannot allow this to happen.”

The three key parts of the VRA that are set to expire in 2007 unless reauthorized include:

— Section 5 of the Act, which requires certain jurisdictions to obtain approval (or “preclearance”) from the U.S. Department of Justice or the U.S. District Court in D.C. before they can put into effect any changes to voting practices or procedures to ensure that the change does not discriminate.

— Section 203 of the Act, which requires certain jurisdictions to provide bilingual language assistance to voters in communities where there is a concentration of citizens who are limited English proficient.

— The portions of Sections 6-9 of the Act, which authorize the federal government to send federal election examiners and observers to certain jurisdictions covered by Section 5 where there is evidence of attempts to intimidate minority voters at the poll.

The League of the United Latin American Citizen (http://www.lulac.org) the oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization in the United States advances the economic conditions, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide.

For more information about LULAC’s campaign to renew the Voting Rights Act, visit our web site at http://www.lulac.org.

LULAC Along with Other Voting Rights Advocates Urge the Immediate Passage of the Voting Rights Reauthorization